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duel

noun uk   /ˈdjuː.əl/ us    /ˈduː.əl/
[C] a formal fight in the past, using guns or swords, arranged between two people as a way of deciding an argument: The two men fought a duel over the lady. The composer Strauss was once challenged to a duel. [C usually singular] a difficult competition in which both sides show a lot of effort: The two yachts are locked in a duel for the championship title.
duel
verb [I] uk   (plural UK -ll- or US -l-) us  
duelling
noun [U] uk (US usually dueling)   /-ə.lɪŋ/ us  
the activity of fighting duels
duellist
noun [C] uk (US usually duelist)   /-əl.ɪst/ us  
(Definition of duel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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