free-for-all

noun \ ˈfrē-fə-ˌrȯl \

Definition of free-for-all

:a competition, dispute, or fight open to all comers and usually with no rules :brawl; also :a chaotic situation resembling a free-for-all especially in lacking rules or structure
  • the press conference deteriorated into a free-for-all

free-for-all

adjective

First Known Use of free-for-all

1874


FREE-FOR-ALL Defined for English Language Learners

free-for-all

noun

Definition of free-for-all for English Language Learners

  • : an uncontrolled fight or competition that involves many people



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