One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tea party or other function, typically of a grand or official kind.
social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, socialView synonyms
- ‘The second was a couple of years after that, when we met at some kind of bunfight to promote his 1996 stage reunion with Jack Milroy in their 1960s double act as Glasgow teddy boys Francie and Josie.’
- ‘This year's bunfight was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.’
- ‘I hope my employers aren't planning to hold a bunfight in a bakery any time soon.’
- ‘But this year things seem to have turned with the World Social Forum hardly gaining any coverage because of its increasing irrelevance while the Davos bunfight got almost as much coverage as the Iraqi election.’
- 1.1 A heated argument or exchange.
argument, dispute, disagreement, quarrel, row, fight, squabble, difference of opinion, altercation, angry exchange, war of words, shouting match, tiffView synonyms
- ‘But in the way it is currently worded, it will just be an absolute bunfight.’
- ‘But seems someone objected to this lobbying of the State's leading philosopher and novelist, and the next thing you know, Country Energy is being dragged into a political bunfight.’
- ‘Surprisingly enough, some big guns have actually bothered to enter this bunfight, and most of them have profited immensely from taking part.’
- ‘In his many years as a councillor he has witnessed many intrigues, backstabbings and bunfights at Hull's Guildhall - and his reaction to the latest particularly vicious spat is a weary shrug.’
- ‘The World Economic Forum, this week's annual bunfight for prime ministers, presidents and corporate kings, has been moved from the Swiss ski resort of Davos to New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.’
- ‘In Australia, there's an ongoing bunfight between the Auditor-General and the Department of Finance, which exemplifies some of the problems.’
- ‘Well, it sound like it's going to be a bunfight in Australia, but what about the waste we send overseas to be reprocessed in France?’
- ‘For example, Symantec and McAfee lawyers spent years in the late 90s arguing about the scope of their respective patents for years, and ultimately users end up footing the bill for this legal bunfight.’
- ‘City made sure there would be no summer bunfight for their man of the moment by signing him outright.’
- ‘The mainstream media in NSW is sick of NRMA bunfights so there has been no serious coverage so far on the dozens of candidates who've put their hands up.’
- ‘Some parades allow them, most don't - and the ensuing bunfight is as unseemly as the values that brought it about in the first place.’
- ‘There are good reasons for thinking that yesterday's bunfight in Melbourne was little more than the two underdogs snarling and scrapping over the crumbs from the masters' table.’
- ‘I want to deal with the facts and the truth - not to get involved in a bunfight between a panel of MPs.’
- ‘But there is no fight so vigorous as one between comrades, and she proclaimed that she had learned far more from her intellectual bunfights with the Americans than from their ‘dignified’ British counterparts.’
- ‘Unfortunately, not all newsreader software (the programs you and I use to access newsgroups) can handle this new method, and that's creating a real bunfight in the binaries newsgroups.’
- ‘Nevertheless the exchanges are full and frank and so it must have been in preparation for Monday's trip to Canberra for the Senate committee bunfight.’
- ‘The stakes are just a little higher than the average student bunfight.’
- ‘On the other hand it's a bunfight, everybody's doing their own thing.’
- ‘My boss is off on maternity leave soon, which is kicking off a dreadful bunfight to do her job while she's away.’
- ‘The Army's departure is probably going to kick off a huge bunfight for the land - the MoD still owns a huge swathe of property, some of it crumbling, much of it in surprisingly picturesque locations.’
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