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  • verbfight
  • verbscrap

synonyms for sparring

  • argue
  • bicker
  • contend
  • quarrel
  • wrangle
  • contest
  • dispute
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antonyms for sparring

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  • agree
  • give in
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How to use sparring in a sentence

After which conversational sparring they fell back upon the little commonplaces of the moment.
CABIN FEVERB. M. BOWER
It was a terrific struggle; not the skillful sparring of trained fighters, but the rough and tumble battling of primitive giants.
THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLSHAROLD BELL WRIGHT
He plied his companions with questions, sparring for more time.
FRANK MERRIWELL'S PURSUITBURT L. STANDISH
"'Twas this way," said Mr. Hennessy, sparring at Mr. Dooley.
MR. DOOLEY IN PEACE AND IN WARFINLEY PETER DUNNE
In fact it was more of a wrestling than a sparring match,—a test of strength, prowess, agility.
UNVEILING A PARALLELALICE ILGENFRITZ JONES AND ELLA MARCHANT
Finally, for loose sparring, the professor standing by and stopping them when they got wild, or began punching indiscriminately.
DR. JOLLIFFE'S BOYSLEWIS HOUGH
I saw a frightful big goat on the ridge to-day, and it followed me, butting and sparring.
THE ANGEL OF PAINE. F. BENSON
After some preliminary ironic sparring Newman was stung into writing what he deliberately called Apologia pro vita sua.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 9, SLICE 6VARIOUS
Palmer Billy, sparring round him in the approved methods of Boulder Creek, came within reach and hit.
COLONIAL BORNG. FIRTH SCOTT
Phineas, knowing that he could gain nothing by sparring with Miss Fitzgibbon, raised his hat and took his leave.
PHINEAS FINNANTHONY TROLLOPE
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WORDS RELATED TO SPARRING

  • battle
  • glove game
  • mill
  • prelim
  • prizefighting
  • pugilism
  • slugfest
  • sparring
  • the ring
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