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A match fought between professional boxers for money.

prize′fight′er n.
prize′fight′ing n.


(Boxing) a boxing match for a prize or purse, esp one of the fights popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
ˈprizeˌfighter n
ˈprizeˌfighting n


or prize′ fight`,

a professional boxing match.
prize′fight`er, n.
prize′fight`ing, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prizefight - a boxing match between professional boxers for a cash prizeprizefight - a boxing match between professional boxers for a cash prize
boxing match - a match between boxers; usually held in a boxing ring
Verb1.prizefight - box for a prize or money
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
box - engage in a boxing match
References in classic literature ?
Beyond an impression that he is to sit upon my knee and be seconded at some point of the solemnities, like a principal at a prizefight, I assure you I have no notion what my duty is,' returns Mortimer.
It was the biggest clubhouse, and the biggest club, in all Chicago; and they had prizefights every now and then, and cockfights and even dogfights.
I'm taking it very seriously: it's not a prizefight.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER will help feed the homeless with the millions he earned from the richest prizefight in history.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1940, Scanlan enjoyed a long career in the broadcast television industry that was sparked as a five-year-old, when his fathertook him into a New York restaurant and was instantly transfixed by a prizefight on a 7" screen on a TV above the door.
After his brutal loss to Canelo Alvarez, it will be a long road back to a major prizefight.
Ten Thousand Words a Minute "--ostensibly about a championship prizefight that failed to last three minutes--is perhaps the piece that best exemplifies all of Mailer's strengths or contributions.
A less public part of Churchill's economic life, which Lough narrates with the verve of a prizefight, is his many-decade struggle against the taxman.
The centrality of gambling to the affair--both in its internal logic and peripherally, in all likelihood, among its audience--makes the "trial of wit" in essence a verbal equivalent of the early modern prizefight, a form with which it shares circumstantial features as well.
Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope's exacting measurements of the relative motion of the two galaxies, it's a virtual certainty they will engage in a massive prizefight 3 to 5 billion years hence, with the result being a merger that will ultimately create a giant red elliptical galaxy.
After all, 40,000 people want to enter a Madison Square Garden (they cannot cease babbling about it) where you can get in 18000 for a prizefight.
This reviewer has made the point in his own writing on the subject that when Mike Tyson earned $30 million for his infamous ear-biting prizefight with Evander Holyfield he was in effect plugging into an immense social mechanism that he had not created, but on top of which he had added his own skill and brawn.