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fisticuffs

[ fis-ti-kuhf ]SEE DEFINITION OF fisticuffs

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FISTICUFFS

His friends had been driven out of Washington or had taken to fisticuffs.

He engaged it wildly at fisticuffs; pounded it upon the countenance and drove it away.

David had to smile at the idea of the Mayor and Mr. Chambers engaged in fisticuffs.

It isn't the first time that he has had a fisticuffs with a member of this family.

Present society is everywhere at fisticuffs with its own development.

There is a rapid exchange of fisticuffs; and the Epeira lies overturned on her back.

I am not sure, but I believe it actually came to fisticuffs.

Do you mean that Burgundy will always be the land of fisticuffs?

That practice can hardly be called an improvement, even if we do not care for fisticuffs.

The situation was growing strained, and might well culminate in fisticuffs.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, from fist (n.) + cuff, perhaps in imitation of handiwork. Related: Fisticuff.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FISTICUFFS

skirmish

nounfight
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