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 The intensity was evident and if slugfest can be used to describe a gymnastics meet, there is no better place to use it than here. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah gymnastics team posts a season-high in winning regional and advancing to NCAA Championships," 3 Apr. 2021 Detroit looked lethargic after a slugfest against the Brooklyn Nets the previous night. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons come back, then fall apart in 106-92 road loss to Washington Wizards," 28 Mar. 2021 The third was the Thrilla in Manilla, a brutal slugfest that Ali won by TKO when Frazier didn’t come out for the 15th round, and that hastened the end of each of their careers. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Looking back at Ali vs. Frazier: 50 years since ‘The Fight of the Century’," 8 Mar. 2021 Who doesn’t love a defensive slugfest between programs that boast NFL talent at every position on the field? Ben Flanagan |, al, "Alabama-LSU top 10 plays of the Nick Saban era," 4 Dec. 2020 The play epitomized a wild, who-can-score-next, offensive slugfest as Santa Fe Christian romped to an 81-54 win. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Section scoring record set in first prep football game of 2021," 12 Mar. 2021 What ensued next was a slugfest, a much grittier battle than the 2-0 grind that played out Monday when Kahkonen recorded his first career shutout. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Kaapo Kahkonen strong again, Wild fends off Vegas 4-3 to complete series sweep at home," 10 Mar. 2021 Give me the Blazers’ defense, and that excellent offensive line in a slugfest. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Alabama looks like a shoe-in for SEC title," 17 Dec. 2020 Not long after the Seahawks emerged from a slugfest with a 20-9 victory against a dreaded nemesis that clinched the NFC West title, Adams brought a cigar box with him to the podium for his postgame Zoom conference. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Seattle Seahawks use defense to win NFC West and 'dammit, it feels good!'," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of slugfest

1916, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Slugfest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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