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 Like his contemporaries Steve Gerber and Jim Starlin, Englehart used superheroes as a form of consciousness-raising, mixing social commentary with the usual tights and capes fisticuffs. Joe George, Men's Health, 25 Apr. 2022 Both teams brought gritty physicality, on-court pettiness and smug commentary from their star players, as well as potential fisticuffs between two bench players. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 Hockey has evolved into more of an exhibition of skill than of brute force, though physicality and occasional fisticuffs remain an appeal of the game. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Amid school closures, teacher strikes and school board fisticuffs, her character, Ava Coleman — the school’s principal and the show’s comedic foil — put a humorous face on the frustrations of millions. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Customize your Kirby and engage in 2D fisticuffs with friends in local multiplayer—with Download Play, only one person has to own a copy of the title, which is nice. PCMAG, 25 Mar. 2022 Debates in the chamber can devolve into fisticuffs. NBC News, 21 Mar. 2022 The legal fisticuffs came a few months after Day, through Jefferson, received a letter from an attorney for Prince’s estate. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Political gatherings are more likely to culminate in a song sung by a choir of pure voices than in fisticuffs between bearded men in barrooms. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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16 Jun 2022

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“Fisticuffs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fisticuffs. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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