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free-for-all

[ free-fer-awl ]
/ ˈfri fərˌɔl /
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noun

a fight, argument, contest, etc., open to everyone and usually without rules.
any competition or contested situation that is disordered, impulsive, or out of control: a free-for-all at the buffet table.
Informal. any enterprise or field of endeavor in which various companies, countries, participants, etc., compete without restriction: a price-cutting free-for-all among local stores.

adjective

open to everyone.

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Origin of free-for-all

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for free-for-all

free-for-all

noun

informal a disorganized brawl or argument, usually involving all those present
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