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.
Of course this is some of thy work." 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. Lisa immediately rushed to his boat for a weapon.
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.
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.
Some again would try a round at buffet and fisticuff; and thus by every variety of sport and exercise they perfected themselves in skill and made the band and its prowess well known throughout all England.
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.
The prosecution said the accused assaulted the wife with kicks and fisticuffs.
Mario, Samus, Solid Snake), plus the option for eight-player Fisticuffs, makes perfect post-pub multiplayer - though online play isn't dependable and suffers irritating moments of lag.
'The matter later leads to fisticuffs between the couple which prompted Dorcas to flee to a co-tenant room.
Separately, in the remits of Sihala police, students of Roots School came to fisticuffs in the parking area for settling a quarrel.