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1‘in the ensuing tussle his glasses were smashed’
scuffle, fight, struggle, skirmish, brawl, scrimmage, scramble, scrum, fisticuffs, wrestling match, rough and tumble, free-for-all, fracas, fray, rumpus, melee, disturbance
North American Australian Irish donnybrook
informal scrap, dust-up, punch-up, set-to, shindy, shindig, run-in, spat, ruck, ruckus
British informal ding-dong, bust-up, bit of argy-bargy
British informal afters
Scottish informal rammy, swedge
North American informal roughhouse
NZ Australian informal stoush
archaic broil, miff
2‘an acrimonious tussle between the two departments’
argument, quarrel, squabble, contretemps, disagreement, contention, clash, war of words
British informal row
1‘demonstrators tussled with police’
scuffle, fight, struggle, exchange blows, come to blows, brawl, grapple, wrestle, clash, scrimmage
informal scrap, have a dust-up, have a punch-up, have a set-to
North American informal rough-house
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