One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brawl or violent argument.
brawl, fracas, melee, row, rumpus, confrontation, skirmish, sparring match, exchange, struggle, tussle, scuffle, altercation, wrangle, scrum, clash, disturbanceView synonyms
- ‘We had a brannigan about this at the Caughey home one night.’
- ‘My boss and the Senator of West Virginia got into a brannigan over who grew up in the family that had the smallest outhouse.’
- ‘The youngs and the olds have different opinions, so they can have a brannigan.’
- ‘He remembered a violent brannigan they'd had because he'd kidded her cruelly one night about her ‘rust-proof furniture’.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps from the surname Brannigan.
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