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scuffle

noun

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  1. a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups several chairs were knocked over in the scuffle Synonyms battle, clash, combat, conflict, contest, dustup, fracas, fray, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, fight, skirmish, struggle, tussleRelated Words pitched battle, rough-and-tumble; affray [chiefly British], battle royal, brawl, broil, donnybrook, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), mix-up, ruckus, ruction; blows, fistfight, fisticuffs, grapple, handgrips, punch-out, punch-up [chiefly British], slugfest; confrontation, duel, face-off, joust; altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argument, argy-bargy [chiefly British], contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, falling-out, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tangle, tiff, wrangle; catfightNear Antonyms truce


scuffle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of scuffle

  1. 1 to move heavily or clumsily she scuffled along in shoes that were much too large for her Synonyms barge, clomp, clump, flog [British], flounder, galumph, lump, plod, pound, scuff, lumber, shamble, shuffle, slog, slough, stamp, stomp, stumble, stump, tramp, tromp, trudgeRelated Words drag, flop, haul; blunder, careen, dodder, lurch, reel, stagger, sway, teeter, totter, waddle, weave, wobble (also wabble)Near Antonyms drift, float, hang, hover, poise, waftAntonyms breeze, coast, glide, slide, waltz, whisk

  2. 2 to seize and attempt to unbalance one another for the purpose of achieving physical mastery the burglar and the homeowner briefly scuffled together in the dark Synonyms grapple, rassle, wrestle, tussleRelated Words battle, clash (with), combat, contend, duel, fight, war (against); bash, batter, beat, buffet, hit, punch, slug, strike; box, spar; brawl, skirmish


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