fisticuffs


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fist·i·cuffs

 (fĭs′tĭ-kŭfs′)
pl.n.
1. A fistfight.
2. The activity of fighting with the fists.

[From fisty cuffs : fisty, with the fists (from fist) + cuff.]

fist′i·cuff′er n.

fisticuffs

(ˈfɪstɪˌkʌfs)
pl n
combat with the fists
[C17: probably from fisty with the fist + cuff2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fisticuffs - a fight with bare fistsfisticuffs - a fight with bare fists    
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
punch-up - a fistfight; "the quarrel ended in a punch-up"
2.fisticuffs - fighting with the fistsfisticuffs - fighting with the fists    
clinch - (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
biff, punch, lick, clout, poke, slug - (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"
sidestep - a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)
contact sport - a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
professional boxing - boxing for money
in-fighting - boxing at close quarters
fight - a boxing or wrestling match; "the fight was on television last night"
rope-a-dope - a boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches
sparring, spar - making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
boxing equipment - equipment used in boxing
boxing glove, glove - boxing equipment consisting of big and padded coverings for the fists of the fighters; worn for the sport of boxing
boxing ring, prize ring - a square ring where boxers fight
gumshield, mouthpiece - (especially boxing) equipment that protects an athlete's mouth
decision - (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred; "had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision over his opponent"
count out - declare the loser
remain down, take the count - be counted out; remain down while the referee counts to ten
hook - hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"
cut - move (one's fist); "his opponent cut upward toward his chin"

fisticuffs

noun
A physical conflict involving two or more:
Slang: rumble.
Translations
käsirysy

fisticuffs

[ˈfɪstɪkʌfs] NPLpuñetazos mpl

fisticuffs

pl (dated inf: = fighting) → Handgreiflichkeiten pl; (= boxing)Boxen nt; I’m not much good at fisticuffsich tauge nicht viel mit den Fäusten; resorting to fisticuffs is no solutionhandgreiflich (zu) werden ist keine Lösung

fisticuffs

[ˈfɪstɪˌkʌfs] nplscazzottata
References in classic literature ?
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.
While Charity is planning a secret abortion and Megan tries to derail the event, resulting in ome not very lady-like fisticuffs.