fist·​fight | \ˈfist-ˌfīt \

Definition of fistfight 

: a usually spontaneous fight with bare fists

Examples of fistfight in a Sentence

A fistfight broke out in the stands. He often gets into fistfights.

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Was it in 1912, when the Republican National Convention erupted into fistfights between the loyalists of William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt, leading to Roosevelt bolting the party? Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "America misses a political civility it never had," 29 June 2018 The guns have a real weight to them, and take time to reload, while fistfights can be brutal, violent slogs that seem ripped out of Netflix’s Daredevil. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 is the most convincing open-world game ever made," 25 Oct. 2018 The Saudis claim, however, that Khashoggi died in an altercation, after officials confronted the journalist about returning to his home country and a fistfight broke out. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The US will revoke visas for Saudi suspects in Jamal Khashoggi’s killing," 24 Oct. 2018 These days, social media feels like a fistfight inside a garbage can inside a septic truck. Gillian Laab, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen on Kanye, Getting Blocked by Trump, and Actually Caring About Her Comments," 16 Oct. 2018 In 2016, Williams' family told | The Times-Picayune that detectives said the shooting occurred during a fistfight. Hanna Krueger,, "NOPD arrests man in connection with 2016 New Orleans East murder," 28 Mar. 2018 Earnhardt noted Allison drove it during the 1979 Daytona 500 that famously ended with Allison and brother Donnie in a fistfight with Cale Yarborough on the back stretch following a wreck during the final lap. Edgar Thompson,, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. shifts gears as NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports," 6 July 2018 Now, after the resignations of lead Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the UK’s political system is degenerating into a furious fistfight between advocates of different bad options. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 As the action intensified, a fistfight broke out between two men, a horse and buggy overturned, with its driver being dragged under the carriage. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "First Battle of Flowers ended in a brawl," 26 Apr. 2018

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1603, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fistfight

: a fight in which people hit each other with their fists

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