One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘prompt action by staff prevented a violent free-for-all’
brawl, fight, scuffle, tussle, struggle, battle, confrontation, clash, altercation, fray, fracas, melee, rumpus, riot, commotion, disturbance
breach of the peace
Scottish rammy, swedge
Irish Australian North American donnybrook
informal dust-up, scrap, set-to, shindy, shindig
British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck, barney
British informal afters
North American informal brannigan
NZ Australian informal stoush
rare broil, bagarre
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