- a cuff or blow with the fist.
- fisticuffs, combat with the fists.
- to strike or fight with the fists.
Origin of fisticuff
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Examples from the Web for fisticuffs
If you had an argument with man that escalated to fisticuffs you set your weapons aside.'Let's Talk About Guns' Live Chat Transcript
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His friends had been driven out of Washington or had taken to fisticuffs.The Education of Henry Adams
He engaged it wildly at fisticuffs; pounded it upon the countenance and drove it away.Ramsey Milholland
David had to smile at the idea of the Mayor and Mr. Chambers engaged in fisticuffs.To Him That Hath
It isn't the first time that he has had a fisticuffs with a member of this family.A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays
Amy E. Blanchard
Present society is everywhere at fisticuffs with its own development.Woman under socialism
- combat with the fists
C17: probably from fisty with the fist + cuff ²
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Word Origin and History for fisticuffs
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