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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Definitions for fracas

  1. A noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.

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Citations for fracas
Two or three people who were not there during the fracas poked their heads in at the door to sympathize but that made Mrs. Turner madder. Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Never was he present at any gathering without some sort of a fracas occurring thereat. Either he would require to be expelled from the room by gendarmes, or his friends would have to kick him out into the street. Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls
Origin of fracas
1720-1730
Fracas is derived from the Italian word fracasso meaning "to smash." It entered English in the 1720s.