Definition of brawl in English:


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Pronunciation: /brɔːl



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  • 1Fight or quarrel in a rough or noisy way: he ended up brawling with a lout outside his house
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    • But how can our economy get better if we are always engaged in fighting and brawling with each other?
    • The family of a 35-year-old man, who died after brawling with another man outside his home, said they have been left with more questions than answers after a Bolton coroner recorded an open verdict.
    • Yet again, while trying to appeal to the world's most sophisticated market, the impression is of Scots doing what we do best - squabbling and brawling with each other while shocked onlookers avert their gaze.
    fight, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, exchange blows, come to blows, struggle, grapple, wrestle, scrimmage
    informal scrap, have a dust-up, have a set-to
    British informal have a punch-up
    Scottish informal swedge
    North American informal rough-house
    Australian/New Zealand informal stoush, go the knuckle
  • 1.1 literary (Of a stream) flow noisily.
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    • Winter might have frozen them for now, but in warmer weather dozens of brawling mountain streams ran down to the northernmost tributaries of the Greenleaf River.
    • It would have been utterly ridiculous to eschew the opportunity to double-handed fly-fish the huge and brawling salmon rivers of Swedish Lapland, just for want of the necessary skills.
    • She comforted herself at first with the thought that with the brawling, deafening stream between them, there would be no chance for embarrassing conversation.



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  • Its roots go back to Tough Guy competitions, in which a town's toughest barroom brawlers were pitted against each other for prize money.
  • I'd never seen him fight, but I knew he was a pub brawler, and here he stood before us, barefooted, ready to have a go.
  • The mother gets through a bottle of vodka a day and yet my friend cannot afford to go back to court, nor can he get legal aid, so he is left watching his innocents bruise as they grow into potential alcoholic brawlers.


late Middle English: perhaps ultimately imitative and related to bray1.

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