slug·​fest ˈsləg-ˌfest How to pronounce slugfest (audio)
: a fight marked by the exchange of heavy blows
also : a heated dispute
a vocal slugfest

Examples of slugfest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through my eyes, that was a slugfest between two teams that at the end of the season will be among the top 10 in the country. Bran Strickland | , al, 10 Sep. 2023 Journalist and author Jason Del Ray writes about the dueling giants in his new book, Winner Sells All: Amazon, Walmart, and the Battle for Our Wallets, which traces the moves both companies have made in their decades-long slugfest. WIRED, 22 June 2023 While seeing a final score for an NCAA Division II men’s basketball game in the 40s is atypical, the slugfest wasn’t as surprising considering Virginia Union (23-7) and Winston-Salem State (20-8) both sport two of the top three scoring defenses in the CIAA. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 24 Feb. 2023 The game was a slugfest from the outset, featuring four lead changes and five ties. Dallas News, 13 Feb. 2023 Oregon and Washington traded home runs in a back-and-forth slugfest that went to the Huskies, who tied the series. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2023 The war for chip supremacy between China and the U.S., already well under way, won’t be a straightforward slugfest. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 14 June 2023 Chapman hit a grand slam in the sixth and Kiermaier doubled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th for the Blue Jays, who overcame an early six-run deficit before blowing a late four-run lead in a wild slugfest. Joe Reedy,, 9 Apr. 2023 In a classic throwdown involving NBA royalty − both franchises plus future Hall of Famer players on each side − the Lakers captured a see-saw slugfest, 104-101. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 9 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slugfest was in 1916

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“Slugfest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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