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fisticuff

[fis-ti-kuhf] /ˈfɪs tɪˌkʌf/
noun
1.
a cuff or blow with the fist.
2.
fisticuffs, combat with the fists.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to strike or fight with the fists.
Origin of fisticuff
1595-1605
1595-1605; earlier fisty cuff. See fist1, -y1, cuff2
Related forms
fisticuffer, noun
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  • Charles Rush was kind and charitable in disposition, but when exigencies required, would not decline a fisticuff.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • There was a children's party, and two boys had a fisticuff over you.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • If his fairy-godmother had prearranged this fisticuff, she could not have done anything better so far as Killigrew was concerned.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • In no account of this great conflict is any precision observed concerning the pell-mell and fisticuff parts of it.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • An English traveler came upon two men engaged in a fisticuff fight.

    Serbia: A Sketch Helen Leah Reed
  • He went so far as to admit to himself that he would have liked nothing better than a fisticuff.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • In a fisticuff or a rough-and-tumble fight, he was one of the most formidable men of the region in which he lived.

  • Ireland and Scotland were about to set to; Erin was going to fisticuff Gajothel.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo

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