fra·cas | \ˈfrā-kəs, ˈfra-, British ˈfra-ˌkä \
plural fracases\ˈfrā-kə-səz, ˈfra- \ or British fracas\ˈfra-ˌkäz \

Definition of fracas 

: a noisy quarrel : brawl a drunken fracas

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Examples of fracas in a Sentence

the police broke up the fracas in the bar and threw both combatants in the lockup police preparing for any fracas that might follow the soccer game

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The fracas over drugmaker Mylan's Epipen prices nearly two years ago shows what's at stake. USA TODAY, "Drug copay groups: Critical patient charities or fronts for drug makers?," 26 Apr. 2018 After all of this fracas, the Facebook news was, at least, professional, complete with courtesy call. Leigh Gallagher, Fortune, "Match Is the Sweetheart of Online Dating—But Can It Fend Off Facebook and Bumble?," 27 June 2018 The case is part of an unusual corporate fracas over two media properties that are not only controlled by the same company -- NAI -- but also were part of a single conglomerate until 2005. Jef Feeley,, "Redstone family wins round in court fight for control of CBS," 18 May 2018 Despite joyful hour-by-hour media coverage of the mudslinging fracas and dueling photo ops, this isn’t mere political entertainment. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "Malcolm: Without vibrant parties, our democracy flails in gridlock," 16 May 2018 Video posted Saturday on social media shows adults kicking, shoving and punching each other on a lawn outside the Kingsport field while others rush to the fracas to try to break it up. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "‘Chaos broke out’: Parents’ argument turns into brawl at girls softball tournament," 19 June 2018 When the benches-clearing fracas between the Padres and Colorado Rockies was over, Baumann walked back to the visitors’ bullpen at Coors Field. Kevin Acee,, "Buddy Baumann's adventure; Eric Hosmer's maiden Padres homer," 12 Apr. 2018 The fracas resulted in suspensions for Kelly and Austin, fines for six other players and coaches, and the sense that maybe Boston and New York players again resent each other as much as (all right, close to as much as) Boston and New York fans do. Alex Putterman, The Atlantic, "The Yankees–Red Sox Rivalry Is Back in Full Force," 28 June 2018 Democrats acknowledge that the Franken fracas is a microcosm of themes playing out in national politics amid the #MeToo movement. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Are Democrats brave enough to run a woman against Donald Trump?," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of fracas

1716, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fracas

French, din, row, from Italian fracasso, from fracassare to shatter

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English Language Learners Definition of fracas

: a noisy argument or fight


fra·cas | \ˈfrā-kəs, ˈfra-\

Kids Definition of fracas

: a noisy quarrel : brawl

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to reject or criticize sharply

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