One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘two officers were kicked and punched in a fracas earlier this week’
disturbance, quarrel, scuffle, brawl, affray, tussle, melee, free-for-all, fight, clash, skirmish, brouhaha, riot, uproar, commotion
argument, altercation, angry exchange, war of words, shouting match, tiff, dispute, disagreement, row, wrangle, squabble, rumpus
Irish Australian North American donnybrook
West Indian bangarang
informal falling-out, set-to, run-in, shindig, shindy, dust-up, punch-up, scrap, spat, ruckus, argy-bargy, ruction, fisticuffs
British informal barney, bunfight, ding-dong, bust-up, ruck, slanging match
British informal afters
Scottish informal rammy
North American informal rhubarb
archaic broil, miff
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