fra·​cas | \ ˈfrā-kəs How to pronounce fracas (audio) , ˈfra-, British ˈfra-ˌkä How to pronounce fracas (audio) \
plural fracases\ ˈfrā-​kə-​səz How to pronounce fracases (audio) , ˈfra-​ \ or British fracas\ ˈfra-​ˌkäz How to pronounce fracas (audio) \

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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Then, on Thursday, as Chris Megerian wrote, the White House dragged a Coast Guard flag officer into the fracas, issuing a statement from Rear Adm. Peter Brown, the White House homeland security and counter-terrorism advisor. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump and the hurricane: A lesson in three acts," 6 Sep. 2019 Barber’s Violin Concerto, by contrast, is extremely well known, as is the story of the fracas over Barber’s commission fee (the artist for whom it was written had deemed the finale unplayable)., "Familiar works enjoy new life on revelatory night with Cleveland Orchestra," 12 Aug. 2019 The nastiness resumed this season when Derek Dietrich admired his homer at PNC Park in April, touching off a fracas. Joe Kay,, "Pirates and Reds brawl — 'I wouldn’t be surprised if it sparks again’ — as Yasiel Puig gets traded to the Indians," 31 July 2019 There were no reports of milkshakes bringing any boys to the yard, but a fracas at a Florida Five Guys did bring cops to the restaurant — and five guys were arrested. Tiffini Theisen,, "Five guys arrested after fist fight at Five Guys," 18 July 2019 A day after tempers flared in a postgame fracas, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts reached out to apologize to Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray for yelling at him after the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Dodgers’ Dave Roberts apologizes to Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray after postgame incident," 10 Aug. 2019 At that point, police said Cannon burst out of the vehicle and tackled the officer, prompting several other officers to pile onto Cannon as one of his companions still in the car videotaped the unfolding fracas. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man sent to prison for resisting SDPD in controversial arrest caught on video," 20 July 2019 Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the police officer, who was in the park with his family, and who has not been publicly named, identified himself as an officer to the group of youths after a fracas. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "Cries of ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Israel after officer fatally shoots unarmed young man of Ethiopian origin," 2 July 2019 The fracas occurred as the government in Georgetown faces a potentially greater political battle on the domestic front. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuela-Guyana Feud Halts Exxon Project," 24 Dec. 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 How to pronounce fracas (audio) , ˈfra-\

Kids Definition of fracas

: a noisy quarrel : brawl

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