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A melee; a free-for-all. See Synonyms at brawl.

[After Donnybrook fair, held annually in Donnybrook, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, and noted for its brawls.]


a rowdy brawl
[C19: after Donnybrook Fair, an annual event until 1855 near Dublin]


(ˈdɒn iˌbrʊk)

n. (often cap.)
a brawl or free-for-all. Also called Don′nybrook Fair′.
[1850–55; after Donnybrook (Fair), a fair held annually until 1855 at Donnybrook, a suburb of Dublin]


- Donnybrook is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, once famous for its annual fair and now used to describe a scene of uproar or disorder.
See also related terms for uproar.
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A quarrel, fight, or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly, and often violent behavior:
Informal: fracas.
Slang: rumble.
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