One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a peaceful protest turned into a violent confrontation with police’
conflict, clash, brush, fight, battle, contest, encounter, head-to-head, face-off, engagement, tangle, skirmish, collision, meeting, duel, incident, high noon
hostilities, fighting, warring
informal set-to, run-in, dust-up, shindig, shindy, showdown
British informal afters
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