Related to fisticuff: bare-knuckled


of fisticuffs
to fight or strike with the fists


(ˈfɪs tɪˌkʌf)

1. a cuff or blow with the fist.
2. fisticuffs, combat with the fists.
[1595–1605; earlier fisty cuff]
References in classic literature ?
Among other offerings, we were permitted to handle the jewelled belt presented to the pugilist by the State of Nevada, a gold brick from the citizens of Sacramento, and a model of himself in solid silver from the Fisticuff Club in New York.
This was not the sort of thing country boys did when they played at fisticuffs, and Jake was furious.
At this Sancho awoke, and feeling this mass almost on top of him fancied he had the nightmare and began to distribute fisticuffs all round, of which a certain share fell upon Maritornes, who, irritated by the pain and flinging modesty aside, paid back so many in return to Sancho that she woke him up in spite of himself.
A quarrel in the "Indian country", however, is not to be settled with fisticuffs.
This clearly was not a case for fisticuffs, even apart from the very natural aversion I had to beat that Shadow--this wandering and tormented thing.
Crisparkle had known professors of the Noble Art of fisticuffs, and had attended two or three of their gloved gatherings.
He was much older than the Maypole man, being to all appearance five-and- forty; but was one of those self-possessed, hard-headed, imperturbable fellows, who, if they are ever beaten at fisticuffs, or other kind of warfare, never know it, and go on coolly till they win.
WE all remember the Newcastle fan who fancied some fisticuffs with a horse.
Among much flag waving, fisticuffs and spiked drinks, there is a pair of engaging central performances, some choice period dialogue and Glenn Miller on the soundtrack.
You'll fly around darting between long-range projectiles powers and close-up fisticuffs, but the action becomes so busy as to descend into random button mashing.
These unpleasant people turn up for a fight because they know anti-fascist groups will be waiting for them, fisticuffs guaranteed.
YOUR LOVE SATURDAY EMMERDALE (7pm ITV) THERE are more Woolpack fisticuffs when Jai takes a swing at Rakesh and it lands on David instead, left.