fist·​fight | \ ˈfist-ˌfīt How to pronounce fistfight (audio) \

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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One died after getting into a fistfight with a cellmate, who is now charged with second-degree manslaughter. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Man died by choking on vomit in Spokane County Jail," 1 Sep. 2018 Two previous events ended in bloody fistfights and riots, and one counterprotester was sent to the hospital with a skull fracture. Fox News, "Portland braces itself for violent clashes between right-wing and antifa protesters," 4 Aug. 2018 That, the Saudis said, prompted a fistfight in which one of the men put Khashoggi in a chokehold and accidentally killed him. Ben Hubbard, The Seattle Times, "Khashoggi double sent to create false trail in Istanbul, surveillance images show," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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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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