nounNorth American informal
A brawl or violent argument.
- He remembered a violent brannigan they'd had because he'd kidded her cruelly one night about her ‘rust-proof furniture’.
- We had a brannigan about this at the Caughey home one night.
- The youngs and the olds have different opinions, so they can have a brannigan.
Late 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps from the surname Brannigan.
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