from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fight and scratch.
  • v. To abuse with words; to revile; to scold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To fight and scratch.
  • transitive v. To abuse with the tongue; to revile; to scold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat, claw, and scratch; thrash; drub.
  • To scold; abuse with the tongue; revile.
  • n. Same as back-scratcher, 2.

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

  • v. use foul or abusive language towards
  • v. claw with the nails


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