scuffles

scuffle

[skuhf-uhl]
verb (used without object), scuffled, scuffling.
1.
to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.
2.
to go or move in hurried confusion.
3.
to move or go with a shuffle; scuff.
noun
4.
a rough, confused struggle or fight.
5.
a shuffling: a scuffle of feet.
6.
Also called scuffle hoe. a spadelike hoe that is pushed instead of pulled.
7.
(in tap dancing) a forward and backward movement of the foot.

Origin:
1570–80; see scuff, -le

scuffler, noun
scufflingly, adverb


4. scrap, tussle, row.
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scuffle1 (ˈskʌfəl)
 
vb
1.  to fight in a disorderly manner
2.  to move by shuffling
3.  to move in a hurried or confused manner
 
n
4.  a disorderly struggle
5.  the sound made by scuffling or shuffling
 
[C16: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish skuff, skuffa to push]

scuffle2 (ˈskʌfəl)
 
n
(US) a type of hoe operated by pushing rather than pulling
 
[C18: from Dutch schoffelshovel]

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