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a quarrel, fight, or argument
(transitive, adverb) to attack or assault (someone)
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  • Then had ensued what Chummy cheerfully described as a hell of a dust-up.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • The night after the ‘dust-up’ at the Big House was the time, and she nursed him and she cured him, the craitur.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Fowke's dust-up drew a few shells; and the Turk strengthened his right to meet this new threat.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad

    Edward John Thompson
  • I think she must have observed that I was bitter, for she at last spoke quite amiably of our morning's dust-up.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • You know the dust-up we had a couple of years ago, when you kindly came to the rescue.

    The Honour of the Clintons Archibald Marshall

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