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"free-for-all" in British English

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free-for-allnoun [S]

uk   /ˌfriː.fəˈrɔːl/  us   /ˌfriː.fəˈrɑːl/
a violent situation or argument that a lot of people join in: The fight on the basketball court turned into a free-for-all.
(Definition of free-for-all from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"free-for-all" in American English

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free-for-allnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfri·fərˌɔl/
an argument or fight in which many people take part
(Definition of free-for-all from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"free-for-all" in Business English

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free-for-allnoun [S]

uk   us   disapproving
an uncontrolled situation in which people do what they want because there are no limits to stop them: As executive pay schemes rise, investors worry the new salary proposals will create a free-for-all in the boardroom.
(Definition of free-for-all from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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