a quarrel; argument; row.

Origin of dustup

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase dust up
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Word Origin and History for dustup

"fight," 1897, from dust + up; perhaps from dust "confusion, disturbance" (1590s). To dust (someone's) coat was ironical for "to beat (someone) soundly" (1680s).

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