donnybrook

[don-ee-brook]
noun (often initial capital letter)
an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all.
Also called Donnybrook Fair.


Origin:
1850–55; after Donnybrook (Fair)

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donnybrook (ˈdɒnɪˌbrʊk)
 
n
a rowdy brawl
 
[C19: after Donnybrook Fair, an annual event until 1855 near Dublin]

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donnybrook
1852, from Donnybrook Fair, proverbial for carousing and brawling, held in County Dublin until 1855.
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It would seem to me that you're all coming here and saying, you know, this was a donnybrook down there.
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