dust·​up ˈdəst-ˌəp How to pronounce dustup (audio)
: row, fight

Example Sentences

He had a dustup with a guy in the bar. he came home with a black eye from the dustup at the bar
Recent Examples on the Web Miller’s dustup with Clifton came after Clifton hammered Roope Hintz along the boards. Dallas News, 25 Oct. 2022 Progressives reveal a truth about themselves in a dustup over a European campaign promoting diversity at the beach. Itxu Díaz, National Review, 13 Aug. 2022 But Newton-John was still a star after the dustup, hosting network-television specials, releasing albums at a steady clip, and headlining the Metropolitan Opera House in the spring of 1977. Maura Johnston, Vulture, 10 Aug. 2022 Fans, the Orbits, vowed to boycott the upcoming album in response to the dustup. Vulture, 22 Dec. 2022 The Klingberg-Tkachuk dustup set the stage for skilled players to behave like barbarians. Dallas News, 5 May 2022 Phoenix time in the same arena where Friday's outcome and postgame dustup is bond to carry over into the third matchup. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 10 Dec. 2022 Jamal Cain was ready to get started even before the Miami Heat lost Caleb Martin and Nikola Jovic to Monday night’s suspensions after Saturday night’s dustup against the Toronto Raptors. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 24 Oct. 2022 Still, rookie cornerback Martin Emerson Jr. and Donovan People-Jones had a minor dustup after fighting for the ball down the sidelines. cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dustup was in 1897

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“Dustup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dustup. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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