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scuf·fle 1

intr.v. scuf·fled, scuf·fling, scuf·fles
1. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
2. To shuffle.
A rough disorderly struggle at close quarters. See Synonyms at brawl.

[ Probably frequentative of scuff.]

scuf′fler n.

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scuf·fle 2

A hoe that is designed to work soil by being pushed and pulled. Also called Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe.

[Dutch schoffel, hoe for weeding, from Middle Dutch, hoe, shovel.]


a person who scuffles
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The last rites to his charismatic career had just been read by an ordinary scuffler called Trevor Berbick.
The proposition that liberal Catholicism is dying has been offered from time to time, for decades now, often in a way that reminds one of the schoolyard scuffler more interested in the fight than in any point being made.
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I'm from Hartlepool, so I suppose it comes with the territory," said Young, when asked about his reputation as a scuffler.
At first glance Lennon looks like a Sunday morning park player, a scuffler who may possess the body of a long-retired athlete.
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