combat with the fists
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How to use fisticuffs in a sentence
If you had an argument with man that escalated to fisticuffs you set your weapons aside.
The last-minute fisticuffs has left both men without a positive message.Romney Is Way Up in Illinois Primary Polls, but his Message Is Muddled | Howard Kurtz | March 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the spin room here in Tampa, the verbal fisticuffs continued.Mitt Romney Smacks Newt Gingrich in Florida Brawl at NBC Debate | Howard Kurtz | January 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
After a particularly egregious infraction—drunken fisticuffs, for instance—she could banish a customer entirely.
Eastside High is not the kind of place, if you come from Bergen County, New Jersey, where you want to start fisticuffs, OK?
It had been many years since anybody on the Wabash had dared Deacon Klegg to a match in fisticuffs.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6) | John McElroy
He engaged it wildly at fisticuffs; pounded it upon the countenance and drove it away.Ramsey Milholland | Booth Tarkington
Gus leaped up, forgetting the fright after his last fisticuffs.Radio Boys Loyalty | Wayne Whipple
Some gaming and some drinking, while on the forecastle two men were settling a dispute at fisticuffs.Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
But the other dropped at the interruption, turned upon Turnbull and began a battering bout of fisticuffs.The Ball and The Cross | G.K. Chesterton