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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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fisticuffs

pl n
  1. combat with the fists

Word Origin

C17: probably from fisty with the fist + cuff ²
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Word Origin and History for fisticuffs

n.

c.1600, from fist (n.) + cuff, perhaps in imitation of handiwork. Related: Fisticuff.

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