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
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the most fitting comment about the dustup came from Texas Democrat Sylvia Garcia. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 Tim Anderson has been suspended three games, MLB announced, for his role in Monday's dustup with the Tigers at Comerica Park. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 30 Sep. 2021 The dustup most likely stemmed from an incident in Monday night's game between the two teams when Kiermaier was safe on a close play at the plate. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Perhaps no neighborhood drama illustrates Harvard’s challenges better than the dustup over the drainpipe. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2021 The dustup over social media misinformation has even prompted a public feud between Facebook and the Biden administration, which has accused the platform of allowing misinformation to spread that ultimately harms and kills Americans. Brian Fung, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021 Michael Riedel, the troublemaking Broadway columnist, wrote about the dustup in the New York Post and then sent me a note of congratulations. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 People at church seemed more concerned about the latest social media dustup and online conspiracy theories — one church member called him the antichrist for his views on COVID— than in learning about the Bible. Bob Smietana, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 The dustup came last summer as people took to the streets in cities across American to protest after the death of George Floyd. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of dustup

1897, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2021

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“Dustup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dustup. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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: a fight or loud argument

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