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noun Informal.
  1. a baseball game in which both teams make many runs and extra-base hits.
  2. a boxing bout in which the boxers exchange powerful blows vigorously and aggressively with little care for defense.
  3. an intense conflict or combat.
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Origin of slugfest

First recorded in 1915–20; slug2 + fest
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tussle, brawl, ruckus, fisticuffs, melee, altercation, fracas, free-for-all, dogfight, riot, clash, engagement, argument, feud, rumble, struggle, conflict, battle, bout, war

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noun informal
  1. a boxing match in which opponents trade heavy blows
  2. any sporting contest between powerful and evenly matched opponents
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Word Origin and History for slugfest


1910, originally in reference to baseball, from slug (n.3) + -fest.

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