fisticuffs

  • 1 fisticuffs — c.1600, from FIST (Cf. fist) + CUFF (Cf. cuff), perhaps in imitation of handiwork. Related: Fisticuffs …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 fisticuffs — [fis′ti kufs΄] pl.n. 〚/span> FIST + CUFF2〛 Old fashioned the act or skill of fighting with the fists * * * fist·i·cuffs (fĭsʹtĭ kŭfs ) pl.n. 1. A fistfig …

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  • 3 fisticuffs — index affray, brawl Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 fisticuffs — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ fighting with the fists …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 fisticuffs — [fis′ti kufs΄] pl.n. [< FIST + CUFF2] Old fashioned the act or skill of fighting with the fists …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 fisticuffs — noun /ˈfɪs.tɪ.kʌfs/ a) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people. People who share a cell in the Basti[l]le if they do not immediately fall to fisticuffs, will find some possible ground of compromise. b) Bare knuckled… …

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  • 7 fisticuffs — n. to engage in fisticuffs * * * to engage in fisticuffs …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 8 fisticuffs — [[t]fɪ̱stikʌfs[/t]] N UNCOUNT Fisticuffs is fighting in which people try to hit each other with their fists. [HUMOROUS or OLD FASHIONED] …

    English dictionary

  • 9 fisticuffs — noun plural Etymology: alteration of fisty cuff, from fisty fistic + cuff Date: 1605 a fight with the fists …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 fisticuffs — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. fistfight, boxing, encounter; see boxing , fight 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A physical conflict involving two or more: fight, fistfight, scrap2, scuffle, tussle. Slang: rumble. See CONFLICT …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 fisticuffs — fis|ti|cuffs [ˈfıstıkʌfs] n [plural] old fashioned a fight in which you use your ↑bare hands to hit someone often used humorously …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 fisticuffs — fist|i|cuffs [ fısti,kʌfs ] noun plural OLD FASHIONED a fight in which the opponents hit each other with their FISTS …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 fisticuffs —   …

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  • 14 fisticuffs — fist·i·cuffs || fɪstkÊŒfs n. fistfight, fight using the fistsn. blow of the fist, strike of the fist …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 15 fisticuffs — plural noun fighting with the fists. Origin C17: prob. from obs. fisty relating to the fists or to fist fighting + cuff2 …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 fisticuffs — n. Blows, encounter with the fists, personal encounter, fist fight …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 17 fisticuffs — noun (plural) old fashioned a fight in which you use your bare hands to hit someone …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 fisticuffs — Noun. A brawl, a fist fight …

    English slang and colloquialisms

  • 19 fisticuffs — UK [ˈfɪstɪkʌfs] / US [ˈfɪstɪˌkʌfs] noun [plural] old fashioned a fight in which the opponents hit each other with their fists …

    English dictionary

  • 20 fisticuffs — /ˈfɪstikʌfs / (say fisteekufs) plural noun combat with the fists. {fist + cuff2; comparable to handiwork} …

    Australian English dictionary