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English definition of “brawl”


noun [C] uk   /brɔːl/ us    /brɑːl/
a noisy, rough, uncontrolled fight: a drunken brawlFighting


verb [I] uk   /brɔːl/ us    /brɑːl/
to fight in a rough, noisy, uncontrolled way: The young men had nothing better to do than brawl in the streets.Fighting
(Definition of brawl from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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