Fighting with the fists: the result was an outbreak of fisticuffs
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- 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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