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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That pulling a weapon at a fistfight is a shameful act of cowardice and betrayal of a timeless code. John Archibald |, al, "Virtues learned in the South," 18 Aug. 2019 The Bachelor in Paradise trailer already looks full of weeping and hooking up (like all good Bachelor franchise shows, apparently), but one huge part of this season is the literal fistfight that occurs on set. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Wait, Who Gets Into a Fistfight on This Season of 'Bachelor in Paradise'?," 25 July 2019 At one point the Saudis blamed the killing on a fistfight gone wrong. Washington Post, "Five takeaways from a new U.N. report on Jamal Khashoggi’s killing," 19 June 2019 That discussion can lead to physics conference fistfights. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A New Book Examines the Relationship between Math and Physics," 3 Aug. 2019 The elderly patrons challenge the interloper to a fistfight. Abigail Deutsch, Harper's magazine, "Bette on the Blues," 22 July 2019 The Cardinals’ Pat Summerall got into a fistfight with Bears end Harlon Hill during a 1956 fracas. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 34, Paddy Driscoll," 30 July 2019 Five guys were arrested at a Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Florida after allegedly getting into a fistfight, authorities said. Fox News, "Five guys arrested at Five Guys burger joint in Florida: police," 19 July 2019 Yet Assange still chafed at being monitored by Ecuadorian security staff, leading him to start fistfights with guards and even smear his feces on walls in protest., "Julian Assange secretly met with 2016 election hackers, wielded feces to protest surveillance of his activities: report," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of fistfight

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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