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scuffle

[skuhf-uh l] /ˈskʌf əl/
verb (used without object), scuffled, scuffling.
1.
to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.
2.
to go or move in hurried confusion.
3.
to move or go with a shuffle; scuff.
noun
4.
a rough, confused struggle or fight.
5.
a shuffling:
a scuffle of feet.
6.
Also called scuffle hoe. a spadelike hoe that is pushed instead of pulled.
7.
(in tap dancing) a forward and backward movement of the foot.
Origin of scuffle
1570-1580
1570-80; see scuff, -le
Related forms
scuffler, noun
scufflingly, adverb
Synonyms
4. scrap, tussle, row.
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Examples from the Web for scuffling
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  • There was dust all around, kicked up by the scuffling feet of the huge warriors, and his breath came in gasps.

    Warlord of Kor Terry Gene Carr
  • Just then a burst of angry shouting and scuffling erupted in the corridor.

  • The twang of a banjo trailed in above the voices, with a sound of scuffling.

    The Search Grace Livingston Hill
  • There was a clamorous crowd about the door––pushing, scuffling, shouting.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • Somewhere in the hall there was a cry, the sound of scuffling and then absolute silence.

  • After scuffling and separating, they gazed up at me with silent longing.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • On the lower, with a scuffling of sharp hooves and multitudinous yells, run the pigs.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • There was a pause for a few seconds; and then a great deal of scuffling and whispering.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • From under our feet suddenly arose a sound of scuffling and smothered imprecations.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
British Dictionary definitions for scuffling

scuffle1

/ˈskʌfəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to fight in a disorderly manner
2.
to move by shuffling
3.
to move in a hurried or confused manner
noun
4.
a disorderly struggle
5.
the sound made by scuffling or shuffling
Word Origin
C16: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish skuff, skuffa to push

scuffle2

/ˈskʌfəl/
noun
1.
(US) a type of hoe operated by pushing rather than pulling
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch schoffelshovel
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Word Origin and History for scuffling

scuffle

v.

"to push or fight in a disorderly manner," 1570s, probably a frequentative form of scuff, of Scandinavian origin. Related: Scuffled; scuffling. As a noun c.1600, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for scuffling

scuffle

v,v phr

  1. To make one's modest living the best one can; struggle along; get by, scrape along, scruff (1939+ Jazz musicians)
  2. To dance (1950s+ Jive talk)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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