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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 American history is rooted in the political brawls, fistfights, and debates that culminated in a revolutionary war for independence and a civil war that ushered in a new democratic political order built on the blood of over 600,000 dead. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 The arts festival grew rowdy after midnight, the Mercer County prosecutor’s office said, and had to be shut down by the police after fistfights broke out. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Trenton Grieves After a Shooting at Event That Was ‘a Beacon’," 18 June 2018 Disorderly conduct, Brookpark Road: Two Cleveland boys, 15 and 14, were involved in a fistfight at about 10:30 p.m. March 16 in the parking lot of Skateland, 13445 Brookpark. Bob Sandrick,, "Intoxicated woman arrested after refusing to leave hotel room; boy arrested for fighting outside Skateland: Brook Park police blotter," 6 Apr. 2018 The two jockeys were both later suspended for 30 days for rough riding, and Fisher got an additional five days for getting in a fistfight with Meade in the jockeys' room — if only Lowry and his camera would have been allowed back there. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "The racy story behind Courier Journal's iconic 'Fighting Finish' 1933 Kentucky Derby photo," 24 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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