Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural A fistfight.
  • noun plural The activity of fighting with the fists.

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  • noun Plural form of fisticuff.
  • noun plurale tantum, informal An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
  • noun plurale tantum, sports, dated Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding.

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  • noun fighting with the fists
  • noun a fight with bare fists

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From fisty cuffs : fisty, with the fists (from fist) + cuff.]

Examples

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  • Opinions are nearly balanced; the disputants are nearly in a passion; as argument weakens, invective grows stronger; they get from bad to worse; over goes the table, and up jump they to fisty-cuffs.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 8 ch. 9

    October 7, 2008