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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
1665-1675
1665-75
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British Dictionary definitions for battle royal

battle royal

noun
1.
a fight, esp with fists or cudgels, involving more than two combatants; melee
2.
a long violent argument
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Slang definitions & phrases for battle royal

battle royal

noun phrase

A general quarrel or fight; brannigan, donnybrook: What began as a mild disagreement escalated into a battle royal (1670s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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