- 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.
- open to everyone.
Origin of free-for-all
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Related Words for free-for-allmelee, brouhaha, riot, fracas, brawl, affray, ruction, battle, broil, fray, row, knock-down-drag-out
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Contemporary Examples of free-for-all
What started as a website to promote his run for presidency in hours became a free-for-all for negative commentary.Oops! Putin Creates an Online Forum for Detractors—Then Censors It
January 13, 2012
Historical Examples of free-for-all
All we could do was to get into the free-for-all with the others.Shorty McCabe
Then the pair of them were at it in a free-for-all that made the woods ring.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
I must go as soon as the free-for-all is over, if not before.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901
Lucy Maud Montgomery
It is a regatta, a free-for-all, devil-take-the-hindmost affair.East of Suez
Frederic Courtland Penfield
One never knows what may happen in a free-for-all like this.The Corner House Girls at School
Grace Brooks Hill
- informal a disorganized brawl or argument, usually involving all those present
"mass brawl" (one in which all may participate), 1881.