- a killing occurring during a sudden and unpredicted encounter.
- aimless and random action.
Origin of chance-medley
Examples from the Web for chance-medley
Historical Examples of chance-medley
The end comes to both actions at once in the squalor of a chance-medley.William Shakespeare
"Chance-medley is not a hanging matter," said he, in a shaking voice.Katerfelto
G. J. Whyte-Melville
Beware of malice prepense, of chance-medley, and of manslaughter.The Prairie
J. Fenimore Cooper
While this was transacting upon the quarter-deck, a chance-medley fight was going on throughout the ship.Astoria
That means one of two things: either that these laws arose by chance-medley, or that some one enacted them.Science and Morals and Other Essays
Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
- law a sudden quarrel in which one party kills another; unintentional but not blameless killing