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duke it out

Definition of duke it out

US informal

  1. :  to fight with one's fists <A couple of drunks were duking it out.> —often used figuratively suggesting conflict or competition <Scientists duked it out over the causes of global warming.> <Airlines are duking it out for customers by lowering airfares.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a sovereign male ruler of a continental European duchy

    :  a nobleman of the highest hereditary rank

    :  a member of the highest grade of the British peerage

  1. :  fight

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

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