slugfest

[sluhg-fest]
noun Informal.
1.
a baseball game in which both teams make many runs and extra-base hits.
2.
a boxing bout in which the boxers exchange powerful blows vigorously and aggressively with little care for defense.
3.
an intense conflict or combat.

Origin:
1915–20; slug2 + -fest

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slugfest (ˈslʌɡˌfɛst)
 
n
1.  a boxing match in which opponents trade heavy blowsany sporting contest between powerful and evenly matched opponents
2.  a boxing match in which opponents trade heavy blowsany sporting contest between powerful and evenly matched opponents

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Example sentences
The governor was soon in the sort of slow slugfest his foes excelled at.
We will be polite for a while but once the slugfest resumes-and politics is a slugfest-the old invective will slip back in.
It's a mandible-on-mandible slugfest that ends when only one wasp remains.
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