Definitions

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  • n. A formal but friendly tea party held by an organisation either annually, or to mark some occasion

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion

Etymologies

From bun + fight (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Initial media reports suggest the meeting was cancelled out of concern it would turn into a "bunfight" over Equalization.

    Prems cancel meet fearing Equalization "bunfight"

  • Although I previously trailed it as a "bunfight" it was actually a very civilised and respectful discussion.

    Aaronovitch Watch

  • The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Prems cancel meet fearing Equalization "bunfight"

    Prems cancel meet fearing Equalization "bunfight"

  • Down at the bottom, though, where I remain, it's a bunfight.

    How to build a human tower, Barcelona

  • David Yoder for The Wall Street Journal The Saudi exhibition 'The Black Arch' presents a work by Shadia and Raja Alem I'm going to stick my neck out and make a judgment on the stand-out artist in this year's Venice Biennale, the world's most exhausting, demanding and prestigious bunfight of contemporary art.

    Setting the Art World Alight

  • "From the noises off, it is clear that people would prefer a bunfight, but sometimes it is sensible to have a serious conversation …"

    You cannot be serious, Mr Cameron | Simon Hoggart's sketch

  • As the whole RaceFail bunfight proves yet again, writers need repeatedly to be reminded that the world isn't just story-fodder -- there are all kinds of people out there, made differently, thinking differently and feeling differently.

    MIND MELD: Taboo Topics in SF/F Literature

  • Since neither lacked experience of alcohol, and both disliked the type of desperate over-crowded bunfight which ensued, each had remained seated at the rush to the bar, each smiled at the other across the suddenly empty space, he tilted his head towards the door, she nodded, and they got up and walked to the nearest quiet pub they could find.

    Annabel 4 Dan

  • Out of this daft bunfight, Strauss and his collaborator Hoffmansthal shaped a masterpiece.

    The Turn of the Screw; Ariadne auf Naxos; Les pêcheurs de perles; Mitsuko Uchida

  • That translates as saying that PMQs is not meant to be the bunfight – "scrutiny by screech" – it has been for a generation – "the noise of which makes the vuvuzela trumpets of the South African World Cup appear but distant whispers by comparison," says Bercow.

    How the Twitter police are keeping Westminster sober

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