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[fis-ti-kuhf] /ˈfɪs tɪˌkʌf/
a cuff or blow with the fist.
fisticuffs, combat with the fists.
verb (used with or without object)
to strike or fight with the fists.
Origin of fisticuff
1595-1605; earlier fisty cuff. See fist1, -y1, cuff2
Related forms
fisticuffer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Charles Rush was kind and charitable in disposition, but when exigencies required, would not decline a fisticuff.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • There was a children's party, and two boys had a fisticuff over you.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • If his fairy-godmother had prearranged this fisticuff, she could not have done anything better so far as Killigrew was concerned.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • In no account of this great conflict is any precision observed concerning the pell-mell and fisticuff parts of it.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • An English traveler came upon two men engaged in a fisticuff fight.

    Serbia: A Sketch Helen Leah Reed
  • He went so far as to admit to himself that he would have liked nothing better than a fisticuff.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • In a fisticuff or a rough-and-tumble fight, he was one of the most formidable men of the region in which he lived.

  • Ireland and Scotland were about to set to; Erin was going to fisticuff Gajothel.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo

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