Definition of fracas in English:



  • A noisy disturbance or quarrel.

    • ‘That doesn't excuse the initial actions of the players, but the whole thing had a really ugly aspect to it in terms of the number of people involved and the different little fracases that went on.’
    • ‘There seem to be as many holiday season fracases as there are courthouse lawns, town squares, schools, and other public spaces.’
    • ‘Fowler also suffered a suspected broken nose in April 1999 during a fracas outside a Liverpool hotel.’
    • ‘The fracas seems to be primarily the work of one person, presuming to speak for the entire class, when in fact he spoke only for himself.’
    • ‘His friend was also treated for minor injuries after he was knocked to the floor during the fracas and has been discharged from hospital.’
    • ‘A chef on trial for killing a man in a fracas outside a pub told the jury yesterday he had just been trying to defend himself from a group of people who had set on him.’
    • ‘The full video of the fracas was shown and all of the personnel caught on camera making physical contact were identified.’
    • ‘There were fights and fracas where I saw guns, knives, baseball bats and the rest, but nothing I couldn't handle.’
    • ‘Three men were injured in the fracas and were in hospital.’
    • ‘Spectators who witnessed the fracas summoned police who arrived within minutes to find the incident had fizzled out.’
    • ‘A cocaine dealer who got into the trade to make easy money was caught after he got involved in a drunken fracas outside a nightclub.’
    • ‘The fracas is typical of the miniscule Liberal Party, which has been mired in internal disputes for seven years.’
    • ‘The fracas, in which punches were traded and others were knocked to the ground, lasted about four minutes.’
    • ‘Altogether, his response in this incident - tempered in comparison with other fracases he's been involved in - was very much in line with public opinion.’
    • ‘During the fracas, a single gun shot was fired leaving a 24-year-old man wounded..’
    • ‘She suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone and claimed to have had blurred vision and numbness in her face following the fracas.’
    • ‘The fracas over his cabinet appointments provides further evidence of a style of leadership that could be described as detached at best.’
    • ‘Apparently knives and shotguns had just been wielded during a fracas in the bar and the local constabulary were called in to help out.’
    • ‘My life was a series of fracases; every day brought a new knee jerk re-action and after a few months I left for Paris.’
    • ‘Gardaí said they are not treating the death as suspicious as it is not believed her death was directly linked to the fracas.’
    disturbance, quarrel, scuffle, brawl, affray, tussle, melee, free-for-all, fight, clash, skirmish, brouhaha, riot, uproar, commotion
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Early 18th century: French, from fracasser, from Italian fracassare ‘make an uproar’.