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.
Recent Examples on the Web Keith Carr was not trying to spark a confrontation, much less a fistfight. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 In the case of the Halloween house party, deputies were called to the Whittier home for a report of a fistfight. Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2021 No matter how much athleticism oozes from the pores, Tatis is enrolled in on-the-job training at the game’s highest level in the middle of a playoff fistfight. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 Two teenagers and a man were critically wounded Friday night at a Halloween house party in Whittier when a man pulled out a handgun after a fistfight and opened fire, authorities said. Louis Sahagún Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 While in line at a Chinese buffet in 2012, Mr. Lopatic helped himself to the crab legs — all of them — prompting an enraged man behind him to start a fistfight. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Bond foils nemesis Blofeld’s (Charles Gray) plot to make a deadly laser satellite out of diamonds, ending in an oil rig explosion and fiery fistfight with Blofeld’s henchmen. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 During the months in between, a 42-year-old man got into a fistfight and was gunned down on the edge of a busy North Portland park in a brazen afternoon attack that sent people scattering for cover. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 Their first meeting ends in a fistfight – in tutus, no less – but the young women grow closer as friends, even intimately so, though their heated competition spawns trust issues, bitter feelings and regretful decisions. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of fistfight

1603, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2021

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“Fistfight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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