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

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Two weeks before Thursday’s game kicked off, Liverpool held a one-point lead over Man City and English soccer was settling in for a season-long slugfest. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester City Is Back in the Premier League Race," 3 Jan. 2019 USA TODAY Sports The best game of this World Cup, an exhilarating slugfest filled with moments of magic, spirit, farce and ultimately cruelty, ended with Japan having its heart broken on Monday night in Rostov-on-don. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Belgium's furious rally leaves upset-minded Japan heartbroken at World Cup," 2 July 2018 Neither team shot well, typical of a UC-UConn slugfest. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats jump to big lead, hold off UConn for 14th straight victory," 3 Feb. 2018 The slugfest finished with Sherman winning on the game’s final move. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "A Scrabble Champion’s Spellbinding Comeback," 10 Aug. 2018 This was indeed a full-blown baseline duel, brimming with slugfest exchanges. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Simona Halep Breaks Through in French Open, Winning Her First Major Title," 9 June 2018 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, latimes.com, "For retiring baseball coach Mike Gillespie, it's been a career filled with guts and glory," 18 May 2018

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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