dust·​up | \ ˈdəst-ˌəp How to pronounce dustup (audio) \

Definition of dustup

: row, fight

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Examples of dustup in a Sentence

He had a dustup with a guy in the bar. he came home with a black eye from the dustup at the bar

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When Durant and Green had their wicked dustup Nov. 12 in Los Angeles, there were forecasts of doom. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Warriors’ season crashed, but it was one to remember," 15 June 2019 Monday’s dustup isn’t the first time Omar has come under scrutiny for her Twitter posts. Amy Forliti, The Seattle Times, "Twitter dustup, apology not firsts for Minnesota Rep. Omar," 12 Feb. 2019 There’s this other set of people who Chuck Wendig got into a dustup with a while back with a group called Rebel Force Radio, and their brand is very much about Star Wars. Aja Romano, Vox, "The new troll: how bots and puppets make internet outrage seem louder than it is," 24 Oct. 2018 The contest has already featured a dustup over a Democratic congressman who said Blackburn would jump off a bridge if Trump told her to—and wished that would happen. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In a Record-Breaking Election Year for Women, Here Are the Races to Watch," 17 Sep. 2018 The new dustup also carries implications for McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. Mike Debonis And Seung Min Kim, chicagotribune.com, "GOP moderates push immigration debate as White House and Ryan reopen talks," 17 May 2018 Privacy - Terms While Loggains did not address the latest dustup between a current and former Dolphins wideout, his remarks felt like a pretty strong rebuttal to Chambers' recent criticism. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "DeVante Parker didn't need to fire back at Chris Chambers. The organization (politely) did so for him," 6 June 2018 Since the dustup over the Veterans Affairs nomination, White House legislative officials have been quiet about Mr. Dunkin’s prospects of gaining confirmation, these people said. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Search for Permanent FAA Chief Seemingly on Hold," 10 July 2018 Beijing has used such tactics in dustups with various countries, including South Korea, Australia and Norway. Washington Post, "China’s bravado belies worries over trade clashes with US," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of dustup

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dustup was in 1897

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English Language Learners Definition of dustup

informal : a fight or loud argument

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