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An instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace.‘Lowe was charged with causing an affray’‘a person guilty of affray’
fight, brawl, battle, engagement, encounter, confrontation, melee, clash, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, fracas, altercationdisturbance, commotion, breach of the peace, riotscrap, dust-up, punch-up, set-to, shindy, shindig, free-for-allaftersView synonyms
- ‘His criminal record also includes armed robbery, affray, assault, theft and public order offences.’
- ‘The plaintiff was the widow of a man killed in a criminal affray.’
- ‘Admitting affray and criminal damage, he was jailed for 14 months.’
- ‘At a hearing earlier this month, the accused pleaded guilty to causing an affray during a fight in a pub in April.’
- ‘They all plead not guilty and also deny affray following a confrontation outside a nightclub before the attack.’
Middle English (in the general sense disturbance, fray): from Anglo-Norman French afrayer disturb, startle based on an element of Germanic origin related to Old English frithu peace, safety (compare with German Friede peace).
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