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 His bold declarations escalated to a fistfight with another writer at the Village Voice, prompting Mr. Crouch’s firing from the weekly newspaper in 1988, reportedly after similar bullying incidents. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Stanley Crouch, combative writer, intellectual and authority on jazz, dies at 74," 16 Sep. 2020 Nobody wants to end up in a viral tweet for getting into a fistfight in seat 23C. Aidin Vaziri,, "Is it safe to fly? With SFO and Bay Area airports getting busier, here’s how to mitigate risk," 5 Sep. 2020 After the president left, a Trump backer and a crowd of Black Lives Matter supporters got in a brief fistfight. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Joe Biden meets with family of Jacob Blake before heading to Kenosha," 3 Sep. 2020 One man, Claude Wilson, was killed in a fistfight that broke out that day at the stockyards’ hotel. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "At the National Western Stock Show, 4,000 pounds of steak but no possum barbecue," 15 Jan. 2020 Warriors head coach Steve Kerr once landed a punch on Michael Jordan in a scrimmage, but their latest disagreement probably won’t result in a fistfight. Connor Letourneau,, "Steve Kerr: ‘Nobody resented’ Scottie Pippen for ’97 foot surgery," 22 Apr. 2020 His loving and tormented relationship with Big Angel, the older brother who broke his nose in a fistfight but who wants him to crawl into his deathbed, is one of the many touching relationships rendered with grace and empathy by Urrea. Viet Thanh Nguyen, New York Times, "A Novelist’s Exuberant Love Letter to a Mexican-American Clan," 26 Mar. 2018 Finally, by early afternoon after much emotion and near-fistfights, the hospital began discharging the babies, one by one. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Born Into Carnage, 18 Afghan Babies Face an Uncertain Fate," 13 May 2020 The show featured many stunts, including tricky riding sequences and fistfights, that Mr. Drury sometimes took part in himself rather than having a stuntman take his place. Daniel E. Slotnik,, "James Drury, taciturn star of ‘The Virginian’," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fistfight

1603, in the meaning defined above

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28 Sep 2020

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“Fistfight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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