fisticuff

[fis-ti-kuhf]
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:
1595–1605; earlier fisty cuff. See fist1, -y1, cuff2

fisticuffer, noun
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fisticuffs (ˈfɪstɪˌkʌfs)
 
pl n
combat with the fists
 
[C17: probably from fisty with the fist + cuff²]

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fisticuff
c.1600, from fist + cuff. Related: Fisticuffs.
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Example sentences
He had begun as a fisticuffs prosecutor in bribery and graft trials where he
  won the fame that launched him into politics.
He was an intellectual with the instincts of a street brawler, never happier
  than when engaged in moral or political fisticuffs.
It was perfect for a long time until things came to fisticuffs.
Then they talked louder, walked faster toward each other and tried settling the
  argument behind home plate with fisticuffs.
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