single combat

noun

Definition of single combat 

: combat between two persons

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Spread across an open field nearby, other players fought one another in single combat as part of a tournament. Rob Garver, Washington Post, "Padded weapons, elaborate costumes and a few well-cast spells are the norm when the Kingdoms of Amtgard come to ‘fight’," 29 Apr. 2018 Though more willing to kill his master than the woman who previously trounced him in single combat, Kylo Ren remains as devoted to his political ideologies as Rey does to her entirely non-compatible ones. Ciara Wardlow, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Path 'The Last Jedi' Didn't Take," 18 Dec. 2017

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1585, in the meaning defined above

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