A disorganized or unrestricted situation or event in which everyone may take part, especially a fight, discussion, or trading market.
- 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.
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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