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See also: mêlée
melee (plural melees)
- Hand-to-hand combat; mano a mano.
- A naval or armor battle at an abnormally close range, extending even to disorganized crowds of people or traffic jams, using no ammunition.
- A noisy or heated fight, argument or scrap
2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, BBC:
- The ball did not appear to cross the line, a view supported by television replays as Blues captain John Terry also joined the melee, but referee Atkinson awarded the goal - to the obvious anger of Spurs and their management team.
Hand-to-hand combat. Mano-à-mano