slug·fest | \ ˈsləg-ˌfest \

Definition of slugfest 

: a fight marked by the exchange of heavy blows also : a heated dispute a vocal slugfest

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Here are four races to watch this summer that could lead to intra-party slugfests or affect which political party holds power at the Capitol. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Arizona Legislature: 4 sizzling races that could decide the balance of power," 5 June 2018 In the wild race for retiring Rep. Ed Royce's district in California-39, the attention has focused on the slugfest between Gil Cisneros and Andy Thorburn — who are competing against two Republicans for the No. 2 slot. Maeve Reston, CNN, "California's primary could be another big night for female candidates," 5 June 2018 His answer came on June 6, 1998, in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning of a title-game slugfest that Gillespie's USC team eventually won, 21-14, over Arizona State. Mike Digiovanna,, "For retiring baseball coach Mike Gillespie, it's been a career filled with guts and glory," 18 May 2018 The 100-player slugfest is certainly more popular than Paragon’s relatively staid five-on-five battles—especially based on rumors that few people were still playing by the end. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "How Epic’s Fortnite rose from the ashes of Paragon’s failure," 11 May 2018 But those Oklahoma City Thunder days are long since gone, and scoring slugfests against one another are now a regular affair. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Warriors strike first vs. Rockets, steal homecourt advantage in Game 1," 14 May 2018 Fort Lauderdale then proceeded to defeat Coral Springs American, 18-17, in a good old-fashioned slugfest. Emmett Hall,, "Deerfield Beach Little League Junior Division All-Stars ready for trip to Florida's capital," 12 July 2018 Really difficult’: Willson Contreras was one of the last Cubs out of the clubhouse after Sunday’s three-hour, 43-minute slugfest with the Twins. Paul Sullivan,, "Days off give Joe Maddon chance to reconfigure Cubs pitching rotation," 2 July 2018 But the down-to-earth personality, as well as a hard-hitting style that could turn into a slugfest at any moment, always seemed to endear him to MMA fans. Matt Erickson, USA TODAY, "Former UFC champ Johny Hendricks retires from MMA," 27 June 2018

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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