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 The Pioneers traveled to Bend for their semifinals game, stunning the No. 2 Lava Bears 4-0 in a nine-inning slugfest. oregonlive, 3 June 2022 Pro-Sands ads, meanwhile, aren't yet engaging in the slugfest. Michael Warren, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 One day after a wild slugfest, the Mets and Giants play the rubber match of their three-game series in San Francisco. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 25 May 2022 After the fighters traded punches during a slugfest of a 10th and final round, Taylor emerged with scores of 96-93 and 97-93 on two of the judges' cards, while Serrano won 96-94 on the other. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 1 May 2022 Look for a close battle and a slugfest in the halfcourt. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2022 The resulting campaign was a $130-million slugfest, with most of the money spent by the two companies that operate most of California’s dialysis centers. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Another slugfest expected with a total of 79.5 posted at BetMGM. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 This game is going to be a slugfest, with two heavyweights going punch for punch in one of the most electric arenas in the NBA. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slugfest

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slugfest was in 1916

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Last Updated

12 Jun 2022

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“Slugfest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slugfest. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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