duke out

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From duke it out.

Verb[edit]

duke out (third-person singular simple present dukes out, present participle duking out, simple past and past participle duked out)

  1. To fight, especially with fists.
    • 2016 May 23, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “Apocalypse pits the strengths of the X-Men series against the weaknesses”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Both perfect homes are destroyed—and yet the two men remain effectively passive, locked in hang-ups while assorted protégés and allies do all the duking out and legwork.