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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈfɪs.tɪ.kʌfs/
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fisticuffs pl (plural only)

  1. plural of fisticuff
  2. (plural only, informal) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, and Other Papers, "Virginibus Puerisque,"
      People who share a cell in the Basti[l]le [] if they do not immediately fall to fisticuffs, will find some possible ground of compromise.
    • 1890, Edmondo de Amicis translated by Caroline Tilton, Holland and Its People, Chapter XII
      [] , his head all scarred with the sticks and fisticuffs which he had got in the taverns at Utrecht, []
  3. (plural only, sports, dated) Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding.


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