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single combat

combat between two persons.
Origin of single combat
1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Forcing Ludmilla into a trance, Tchernomor meets Russlan in single combat.

  • In the course of it, Pantauchus challenged Pyrrhus to single combat.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • At last he found him, shouted defiance at him, and defied him to meet him in single combat.

  • Such a man was not fit to encounter the terrible Rowski in single combat.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He has been seen to give battle to three pugnacious bull elk at once, and has killed numbers of them in single combat.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • "We strike but little, nowadays, in single combat," the maitre d'armes said.

  • If I were a man, she stormed, and the emperor had offered me such an insult, I would have called him out to single combat.

  • This was to settle the matter by single combat between the kings.

  • While he lives luxuriously, and hands about gold cups—hundred-pounders—to his guests, you are sustaining wounds in single combat.

  • Men who die in single combat he styles 'martyrs of the Devil.'

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing

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