[ duhst-uhp ]
See synonyms for dustup on Thesaurus.com
  1. a quarrel; argument; row.

Origin of dustup

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase dust up

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How to use dustup in a sentence

  • I also told him he was a wonder, but how did he manage to slip out near a ton of dust up that road without our knowing it?

    The Killer | Stewart Edward White
  • See how the buffalo takes its steep bank—a plunge headlong, which sends the dust up in clouds.

    Buffalo Land | W. E. Webb
  • Then, with a few dexterous flourishes of her cloth, she would start the dust up in a cloud.

    Round the Block | John Bell Bouton

British Dictionary definitions for dust-up


/ informal /

  1. a quarrel, fight, or argument

verbdust up
  1. (tr, adverb) to attack or assault (someone)

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