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free-for-all

[free-fer-awl] /ˈfri fərˌɔl/
noun
1.
a fight, argument, contest, etc., open to everyone and usually without rules.
2.
any competition or contested situation that is disordered, impulsive, or out of control:
a free-for-all at the buffet table.
3.
Informal. any enterprise or field of endeavor in which various companies, countries, participants, etc., compete without restriction:
a price-cutting free-for-all among local stores.
adjective
4.
open to everyone.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
Synonyms
1. brawl, fracas, scrap, melee, donnybrook.
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free-for-all

noun
1.
(informal) a disorganized brawl or argument, usually involving all those present
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free-for-all

n.

"mass brawl" (one in which all may participate), 1881.

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