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fisticuff

[fis-ti-kuhf]
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noun
  1. a cuff or blow with the fist.
  2. fisticuffs, combat with the fists.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to strike or fight with the fists.

Origin of fisticuff

1595–1605; earlier fisty cuff. See fist1, -y1, cuff2
Related formsfist·i·cuff·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for fisticuff

Historical Examples

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

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo

  • There was a children's party, and two boys had a fisticuff over you.

    The Princess Elopes

    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

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

  • 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