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donnybrook

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noun don·ny·brook \ˈdä-nē-ˌbru̇k\

Simple Definition of donnybrook

  • : a public argument

  • : an uncontrolled fight

Full Definition of donnybrook

  1. 1 :  free-for-all, brawl

  2. 2 :  a usually public quarrel or dispute

Examples of donnybrook

  1. A donnybrook has erupted over the court's decision.

  2. <a dozen people were arrested after the donnybrook at the stadium>



Origin of donnybrook

Donnybrook Fair, annual Irish event known for its brawls


First Known Use: 1852


Donnybrook

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geographical name Don·ny·brook \ˈdä-nē-ˌbru̇k\

Definition of Donnybrook

  1. city E Ireland in Leinster, SE suburb of Dublin




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