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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.]
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of or relating to fighting in a disorderly manner
the act of fighting in a disorderly manner
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[ˈskʌflɪŋ] adj [noise, sound] → furtif/ive
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References in classic literature ?
Presently there was a little scuffling, scratching noise in a corner near the fireplace, where there was a hole under the skirting-board.
As he came up the stairs in the dark, he heard scuffling on the back porch, and then the sound of a vigorous slap.
"Why, you two was scuffling, and he fetched you one with the headboard and you fell flat; and then up you come, all reeling and staggering like, and snatched the knife and jammed it into him, just as he fetched you another awful clip -- and here you've laid, as dead as a wedge til now."