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prizefight

or prize fight

[prahyz-fahyt]
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noun
  1. a contest between boxers for a prize, a sum of money, etc.; a professional boxing match.
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Origin of prizefight

First recorded in 1695–1705
Related formsprize·fight·er, nounprize·fight·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for prizefight

Historical Examples

  • Biddle: The act of introducing a prizefight in a Sunday School.

    The Roycroft Dictionary

    Elbert Hubbard

  • He stunned himself with another of the monstrous points in his pet girl's honeymoon: 'A prizefight?'

  • Who could have guessed when she left my house she was on her way to a prizefight and a greengrocer's in Whitechapel.


British Dictionary definitions for prizefight

prizefight

noun
  1. a boxing match for a prize or purse, esp one of the fights popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
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Derived Formsprizefighter, nounprizefighting, noun
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