One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A noisy disturbance or brawl.
fight, fist fight, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, fracas, scrimmage, fray, melee, rumpus, altercation, wrangle, clash, free-for-all, scrum, brouhaha, commotion, uproarView synonyms
- ‘At last night's Almack's there was such a bagarre among them, that several ladies were obliged to wait for hours before the chaos was reduced to any order.’
- ‘In one of the walls was a hole, made, one might guess, in the heat of a bagarre.’
- ‘The ordinary, non-political bagarre is a vital part of French daily life.’
- ‘Such a procedure, one gathers, could easily start a bagarre all over again - perhaps right there in the courtroom.’
- ‘He was in the thick of the bagarres in the Latin Quarter where he noted the viciousness of the French police.’
Late 19th century: French.
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