fisticuffs

plural noun
fist·​i·​cuffs | \ ˈfi-sti-ˌkəfs How to pronounce fisticuffs (audio) \

Definition of fisticuffs

: a fight with the fists

Examples of fisticuffs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last week: 6 Result: Beat Cal Poly 45-7 Next up: Open (then vs. Stanford) Comment: One win + no fisticuffs + Jake Luton remaining upright = great day to be a Beaver. *** SOUTH 1. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Power ratings: The case for Cal (yes, Cal) winning the North," 16 Sep. 2019 Amid a sluggish free-agent market, in a winter of player discontent and labor fisticuffs via press release, perhaps no player has been subject to a stranger market than Moustakas. Rustin Dodd, kansascity, "Is anyone interested in Mike Moustakas? | The Kansas City Star," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fisticuffs

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fisticuffs

alteration of fisty cuff, from fisty fistic + cuff

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The first known use of fisticuffs was in 1605

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fisticuffs.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fisticuffs. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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fisticuffs

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of fisticuffs

old-fashioned : a fight with fists

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