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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Should Lowry and Holmes struggle, this could turn into an absolute slugfest between stars. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Lowry and Holmes Lead, Superstars Lurk Heading Into Weekend at the Open," 19 July 2019 Seemingly overnight, the Bay Area’s ecologically-minded bike rental program set off a slugfest between two Silicon Valley titans. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Where are the bikes? As Lyft and SF spar in court, new fleet sits in warehouse," 29 June 2019 Following a quick start to the game, which was tied 20-20 after one quarter, the Sun and Mercury quickly settled into a low-scoring slugfest. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Connecticut Sun stretch winning streak to six thanks to clutch buckets from Courtney Williams," 2 Aug. 2019 Anthony admits to being pleasantly surprised how often people have embraced some of the film's most emotional sequences, over the super-heroic slugfest spectacle. Scott Huver, CNN, "The Russo brothers on the past obsessions that fuel their filmmaking future," 21 July 2019 But Guerrero put together a 91-homer slugfest and had two of the best Derby rounds of all time. Jane Tyska, The Mercury News, "Photos: Oakland Athletics Matt Chapman takes part in All-Star Home Run Derby," 8 July 2019 When Yankees opener Stephen Tarpley allowed three Red Sox home runs in the first inning, a slugfest felt inevitable. James Wagner, New York Times, "Yankees Leave London With ‘Eye-Opening’ Wins Over Red Sox," 30 June 2019 After being forced to use eight pitchers in Saturday’s glorified slow-pitch softball slugfest in which the teams combined to use 16 hurlers, the most in any MLB game this season, Sox needed some length from starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox traveled long way to learn they’re far from being threat to Yankees," 30 June 2019 And while the single biggest driving factor there has been their slugfest-esque lineup, the rotation hasn’t been too far behind. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Ranking the Best Fits for Dallas Keuchel," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of slugfest

1916, in the meaning defined above

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