battle royal


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battle royal

n. pl. battles royal
1. An intense altercation.
2. A battle involving many combatants.
3. A fight to the finish.

[battle + royal, grand in scale.]

battle royal

n
1. a fight, esp with fists or cudgels, involving more than two combatants; melee
2. a long violent argument

bat′tle roy′al



n., pl. battles royal.
1. a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged.
2. a violent or noisy fight.
[1665–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battle royal - a noisy riotous fightbattle royal - a noisy riotous fight    
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
Translations

battle royal

n (fig) (quarrel) → violenta discussione f
References in classic literature ?
There ensued a battle royal which for sustained and frightful ferocity transcends the power of imagination or description.
The result was a battle royal that might have put to shame two Bengal tigers.
Shrieking, snarling and growling, the three rolled hither and thither among the underbrush, while with staring eyes the sole spectator of the battle royal crouched trembling in the tree above them hugging Geeka frantically to her breast.
Not with the smouldering, smothering, choking hysteria that still worked in the fox-terriers did he listen, nor with quivering of muscles and jumps of over-wrought nerves, but coolly, composedly, as if no battle royal had just taken place and no rips of teeth and kicks of feet still burned and ached his body.
When the ladies of Gaunt House were at breakfast that morning, Lord Steyne (who took his chocolate in private and seldom disturbed the females of his household, or saw them except upon public days, or when they crossed each other in the hall, or when from his pit-box at the opera he surveyed them in their box on the grand tier) his lordship, we say, appeared among the ladies and the children who were assembled over the tea and toast, and a battle royal ensued apropos of Rebecca.
Wherever thern ship met ship of the First Born was a battle royal, and in this I thought I saw our salvation.
Battle royal was waged, amid the smoking of many cigarettes and the expectoration of much tobacco-juice, wherein the tramp successfully held his own, even when a socialist workman sneered, "There is no god but the Unknowable, and Herbert Spencer is his prophet.
Battle royal raged, terminating in both attorneys apologizing to the Court and to each other.
Add first-year school Lancaster to the equation, and you have a weekly battle royal.
The Race of the Decade developed into a fierce dogfight, with the first four home all holding winning prospects in a battle royal down the home straight at Ascot.
In "Exhibition Match," brawlers can bash heads against the computer or a friend in a single, tag team, handicap tag team and four-player battle royal match.
Sheikh Mohammed and Robert Sangster have a battle royal at Keeneland Sales for a yearling colt by Northern Dancer out of Mr Bupers, which ends only when Sangster refuses to top the Sheikh's bid of $10.