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knock-down-drag-out

[nok-doun-drag-out] /ˈnɒkˌdaʊnˈdrægˌaʊt/
adjective
1.
marked by unrelenting violence:
a knock-down-drag-out fight.
Also, knock-down, drag-out; knock-down-and-drag-out.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; adj. use of verb phrases knock down and drag out
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  • One moment the two lovers were walking happily along, the next they erupt-ed into a knock-down-drag-out argument.
Slang definitions & phrases for knock-down-drag-out

knock-down-drag-out

adjective phrase

Very violent; unrestrained; all-out: They were having a knock-downdrag-out argument when I got there

noun

: Seems the neighbors were having a knockdown-drag-out (1827+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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