from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A fistfight.
- n.pl. The activity of fighting with the fists.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of fisticuff.
- n. An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
- n. Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fighting with the fists
- n. a fight with bare fists
Though Holmes was known to engage in fisticuffs from time to time, it is still odd and jarring that those occasional episodes, at least in the trailers I have seen, have been made the focus of the film.
Therefore, I'm positive that if we ever engaged in fisticuffs, I would beat that fucking dwarf like a rented mule.
Jack is all: talk to the hand, and they're driven to very bloody fisticuffs, which is only broken up by Juliet, who announces that she has changed her mind, as is a woman's prerogative: She thinks Jack is right.
` ` We like Ricky's competitive spirit for sure, but we definitely don't need him getting into any kind of fisticuffs, '' Nolan said.
There is plenty of time down the line to have the kind of fisticuffs that sometimes come with these debates, as the date of the elections comes closer.
We try, as far as possible, to stick to the topic; we don't slag each other off anyone who attempts 'fisticuffs' on this blog will have Solti the ginger cat to deal with, which I don't recommend!
The rhetorical trick of belittling the matter by speaking of it as "fisticuffs" will not pass in this discussion.
As the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE said of the imbroglio (while earning bonus points for use of the term "fisticuffs"):
She actually knows how to use "fisticuffs" in a sentence without sounding smug.
Just as good, clean fisticuffs add life and excitement to hockey games, so too do verbal dust-ups season the literary scene.