[frey-kuhs; British frak-ah]
a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.

1720–30; < French < Italian fracasso, derivative of fracassare to smash, equivalent to fra- (< Latin infrā among) completely + cassare to break; see cassation Unabridged
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fracas (ˈfrækɑː)
a noisy quarrel; brawl
[C18: from French, from fracasser to shatter, from Latin frangere to break, influenced by quassāre to shatter]

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1727, from Fr. fracas, from It. fracasso "uproar, crash," from fracassare "to smash, crash, break in pieces," from fra, aphetic of L. infra "below" + It. cassare "to break," from L. quassare "to shake."
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