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fisticuffs Line breaks: fisti|cuffs
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪstɪkʌfs/

Definition of fisticuffs in English:

plural noun

Fighting with the fists: the result was an outbreak of fisticuffs
More example sentences
  • Every dispute from fisticuffs in the street to a battle in a grand war needs its goodies and baddies.
  • Car owners have also become so touchy and fussy about the parking space that any encroachment leads to heated arguments and bouts of fisticuffs.
  • The incident began with words in a bar, with an alleged insult to some women, then a confrontation with fisticuffs and bottles being thrown.


Early 17th century: probably from obsolete fisty 'relating to the fists or to fist fighting' + cuff2.

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