battle royal

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  • IPA(key): /ˌbætl̩ ɹɔɪˈæl/


battle royal (plural battles royal or battle royals)

  1. A fight involving three or more individuals, teams, or factions; fought until one person, team, or faction is left standing.
    • 1952, Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, Penguin Books (2014), page 17:
      I was told that since I was to be there anyway I might as well take part in the battle royal to be fought by some of my schoolmates as part of the entertainment.
  2. A heated discussion or debate.