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In fact, Clark fell back first from her blows, losing his cap, tie, and badge in the melee.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was Orlando vs. Justin in an Ibiza melee with two highly unlikely opposing parties.
They made one last charge for the airport, and when the riot police blocked them again a melee ensued.
The Kurds entered a buffer zone on the Turkish border and in the melee at least four protestor were wounded.Kobani Still Stands Against ISIS and All Odds. But for How Long?|Jamie Dettmer|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unconfirmed reports in Turkish Internet media said Erdogan himself had slapped a man in the melee.After 100s of Miners Die, Turkey’s Prime Minister Says “This Happens”|Thomas Seibert|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the melee we noticed the front end of a gasoline launch rise from some snags—a wreck, buoyed up by the air in the tank.The houseboat book|William F. Waugh
Hungry masses crowded the shops, and that some should emerge meatless from the melee was inevitable.The Siege of Kimberley|T. Phelan
The melee that ensued was perhaps the most dreadful hand-to-hand conflict of the war.
His first onset was terrific; but in the fiercest excitement of the melee he knew when to call a halt.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay|George Otto Trevelyan
This hail of jests fell round Biscarrat's ears like musket-balls in a melee.The Man in the Iron Mask|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for melee
Word Origin for melee
Word Origin and History for melee
1640s, from French mêlée, from Old French meslee "brawl, confused fight; mixture, blend" (12c.), noun use of fem. past participle of mesler "to mix, mingle" (see meddle). See also medley. Borrowed in Middle English as melle but lost and then reborrowed 17c.