Meaning of “fisticuffs” in the English Dictionary


"fisticuffs" in English

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fisticuffsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈfɪs.ti.kʌfs/ us /ˈfɪs.ti.kʌfs/ old-fashioned or humorous

Examples from literature

  • A dispute arising on this point, the two noble generals came to fisticuffs, and in the fracas our brave commander got his remaining well eye badly damaged. 
  • It is as though they were on the point of breaking into fisticuffs. 
  • Let fisticuffs settle it! 
  • The situation was growing strained, and might well culminate in fisticuffs. 
  • Tom would have been glad to challenge him to a bout at fisticuffs, for he was confident he could vanquish him in short order. 

(Definition of “fisticuffs” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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