Definition of stoush in English:



[WITH OBJECT]Australian, NZ
  • Hit; fight with.

    ‘get out of that car while I stoush you’
    fight, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, exchange blows, come to blows, struggle, grapple, wrestle, scrimmage
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Australian, NZ
  • A brawl or other fight.

    ‘the prospect of the game deteriorating into a stoush always kept me hooked’
    • ‘They will take human form and start rowdy polling booth stoushes on election day.’
    • ‘The stoush between the timber industry, the conservation movement and governments, which went on for decades, was supposed to be all sorted out by now.’
    • ‘We'll be looking at a legal stoush over the ownership of six paintings by Gustav Klimt, currently the property of the Austrian government.’
    • ‘Their target is the unacceptable face of global capitalism, and their biggest stoush to date was seen on the streets of Seattle last December.’
    • ‘The usual stoush over education guarantees the usual old left wing/right wing divide, arguments about po-mo, deconstruction, etc.’
    • ‘Interestingly, this has now devolved into a potential stoush between the Mayor and his Deputy.’
    • ‘We love a stoush as much as the next political junkie, but the performance of these two in the past week has crossed the threshold into boorishness.’
    • ‘I'd noticed something similar during a number of stoushes on censorship.’
    • ‘It's been a year of predictable stoushes and controversies that seem to have come out of nowhere.’
    • ‘And, contrary to what some mothers will tell you at a dinner party, I don't think most people, both males and females, have a problem with the odd stoush on the footy field.’
    • ‘By jingo, there are some good stoushes between media and governments at the moment.’
    • ‘These are not your old-style employee-employer stoushes over wages, conditions and who shares the profits but a far more complex beast; Australian companies and workers attempting to survive in a world without economic borders.’
    • ‘As with most political stoushes, the numbers are all important.’
    • ‘The diplomatic stoush over whaling is intensifying.’
    • ‘For farming families - where assets, work, and lifestyle are all rolled into one - these types of legal stoushes can fundamentally destabilise a family's entire existence.’
    • ‘What's the most bizarre stoush or fight that you've come across in your years of watching these kinds of conflicts?’
    • ‘As I say, for many years I was an employer in the association of waterfront employers, and we had some right stoushes, I can tell members.’
    • ‘Of course, I can imagine that governments and members of the Bench will always be involved in public stoushes about what that area actually means, and what it doesn't mean.’
    • ‘There have been many occasions where his judgment has been called into question - especially his tendency to favour the right over moderates in internal stoushes.’
    • ‘A stoush is brewing between state and territory governments and their federal counterpart, over yesterday's damning report into mental health.’
    fight, fist fight, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, fracas, scrimmage, fray, melee, rumpus, altercation, wrangle, clash, free-for-all, scrum, brouhaha, commotion, uproar
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Late 19th century: of unknown origin.