I pressed Stevens about the risk to his candidate of such a pugilistic approach.
But when a boxer is caught juicing his gloves, the pugilistic community turns away in disgust.
Sin City brought out the devil in the GOP candidates tonight, delivering the most pugilistic Republican Party debate to date.
For starters, the pugilistic Governor framed his record as being about results, as opposed to partisan politics.
Bore (pugilistic), to press a man to the ropes of the ring by superior weight.
And there followed him "big John Brown," of mathematical and pugilistic renown.
A humorous poem, abounding in Slang and pugilistic term, with a burlesque essay on the classic origin of Slang.
Ash-Can Sam was wounded—not so much in body as in pugilistic pride.
And presently two more appeared, similarly clad, Mark and his old friend, the learned and pugilistic Parson.
Dodo; he's too—not pugilistic—the other one with a pug-naceous.
1789, from Latin pugil "boxer, fist-fighter," related to pugnus "a fist" (see pugnacious) + -ist. Related: Pugilistic (1789); pugilistically. Pugil occasionally turns up in English as "boxer, fist-fighter" (from 1640s), but it has not caught on. Pugil stick (1962) was introduced by U.S. military as a substitute for rifles in bayonet drills.