Definition of free-for-all in English:

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free-for-all

Pronunciation: /ˈˌfrē fə ˈˌrôl/

noun

A disorganized or unrestricted situation or event in which everyone may take part, especially a fight, discussion, or trading market.
Example sentences
  • The free-for-all was an event where the clowns fought each other with oversized mauls for ten minutes.
  • The roundabout had no markings before and sometimes could be a bit of a free-for-all, but everyone was used to it and I never heard of any crashes there.
  • Since just about anyone can make a citizen's arrest, many situations quickly devolve into free-for-alls.
Synonyms
brawl, fight, scuffle, tussle, struggle, confrontation, clash, altercation, fray, fracas, melee, rumpus, disturbance;
breach of the peace
informal scrap, set-to
vulgar slang shitstorm

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