battle royal

battle royal

noun, plural battles royal.
1.
a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged.
2.
a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal.

Origin:
1665–75

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battle royal
 
n
1.  a fight, esp with fists or cudgels, involving more than two combatants; melee
2.  a long violent argument

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