from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A boxing match or prize fight marked rather by heavy hitting than skill.
- A ball game, esp. a baseball game, in which there is much hard hitting of the ball.
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Both November Company and the adjacent elements of Linkman's combat team were being drawn into the sort of attritional slugging match they would have preferred to avoid, a condition exacerbated by Linkman's decision to illuminate the battlefield with white light.