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scuffle

[skuhf-uh l] /ˈskʌf əl/
verb (used without object), scuffled, scuffling.
1.
to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.
2.
to go or move in hurried confusion.
3.
to move or go with a shuffle; scuff.
noun
4.
a rough, confused struggle or fight.
5.
a shuffling:
a scuffle of feet.
6.
Also called scuffle hoe. a spadelike hoe that is pushed instead of pulled.
7.
(in tap dancing) a forward and backward movement of the foot.
Origin of scuffle
1570-1580
1570-80; see scuff, -le
Related forms
scuffler, noun
scufflingly, adverb
Synonyms
4. scrap, tussle, row.
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  • However, he heard something like the sounds of a scuffle and broken exclamations coming down to him.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • One of my men, who had been wounded in the scuffle, had his hand all bloody.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • A little hooliganism, a few street-fights, one scuffle with the police, some rows in music-halls constituted all his experience.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Courage educated into them at Eton or Rugby, in many a fight and 289 scuffle.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • When the scuffle was over the woman retired to the cabin, and appeared pensive.

British Dictionary definitions for scuffle

scuffle1

/ˈskʌfəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to fight in a disorderly manner
2.
to move by shuffling
3.
to move in a hurried or confused manner
noun
4.
a disorderly struggle
5.
the sound made by scuffling or shuffling
Word Origin
C16: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish skuff, skuffa to push

scuffle2

/ˈskʌfəl/
noun
1.
(US) a type of hoe operated by pushing rather than pulling
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch schoffelshovel
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Word Origin and History for scuffle
v.

"to push or fight in a disorderly manner," 1570s, probably a frequentative form of scuff, of Scandinavian origin. Related: Scuffled; scuffling. As a noun c.1600, from the verb.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scuffle

scuffle

v,v phr

  1. To make one's modest living the best one can; struggle along; get by, scrape along, scruff (1939+ Jazz musicians)
  2. To dance (1950s+ Jive talk)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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