slugfest

noun
slug·​fest | \ ˈsləg-ˌfest How to pronounce slugfest (audio) \

Definition of slugfest

: 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 This year's Super Bowl probably won't be another low-scoring defensive slugfest. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The most enjoyable Super Bowl matchup in years," 2 Feb. 2020 Last meeting: at Castle View 23, Arapahoe 13, on Sept. 6, 2019 Another Week 2 rematch could very well turn into a defensive slugfest. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "9 Colorado prep football games to watch in Week 11," 6 Nov. 2019 Trump's trade war is essentially a showman's wrestling match — a slugfest devoid of policy substance, far too shallow to have any concrete chance of rebalancing the money flows and scales of power. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "Of course Davos loves Trump," 22 Jan. 2020 Catholic Central had blown out Brother Rice 4-0 and a slugfest followed. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Code of silence reigns amid scandals, misbehavior at all-boys Catholic schools," 2 Jan. 2020 This feels like the unusual Pac-12 defensive slugfest. The Si Staff, SI.com, "College Football Week 5 Picks: Who Will Survive Conference Tests?," 26 Sep. 2019 The Seattle Seahawks' 17 to 9 slugfest win over the Philadelphia Eagles led the weekend, bringing in about 35 million viewers on Sunday evening. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "NFL's Wild Card weekend brings in biggest viewership in 4 years," 6 Jan. 2020 After CovCath’s touchdown, the game became a defensive slugfest and a battle of field position. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Covington Catholic Colonels win 2nd KHSAA 5A state title in three years," 8 Dec. 2019 That 2011 regular season game saw the Tide go 2-for-6 on field goals in a defensive slugfest. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Where Nick Saban’s seen improvement in Alabama’s kicker," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of slugfest

1916, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2020

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“Slugfest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slugfest. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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