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or prize fight

[prahyz-fahyt] /ˈpraɪzˌfaɪt/
a contest between boxers for a prize, a sum of money, etc.; a professional boxing match.
Origin of prizefight
First recorded in 1695-1705
Related forms
prizefighter, noun
prizefighting, noun Unabridged
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  • He has muscles all over him like a prizefighter just from lifting mortgages.

  • Father not going to raise you up to be a prizefighter, is he?

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • The promptest of us cannot always come to time, like a prizefighter.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • But time was up: the woman of the world must go on like the prizefighter.

  • He was succeeded by Richard Croker, a machinist, prizefighter, and gang-leader.

    The Boss and the Machine Samuel P. Orth
  • Then he was a sparring partner, I think they call it, for a prizefighter.

    The Efficiency Expert Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Besides, how about Sapps Court and Dave's uncle, the prizefighter?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • "I've got a prizefighter and a public-house behind me," Louie replied.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • The prizefighter could guess only one reason for the general's attitude.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for prizefighter


a boxing match for a prize or purse, esp one of the fights popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
Derived Forms
prizefighter, noun
prizefighting, noun
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