free-for-all

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free-for-all (plural free-for-alls)

  1. (idiomatic) Chaos; a chaotic situation lacking rules or control.
    When the fire alarm went off, it was a free-for-all.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 134:
      [...] this was a consequence of building Tubes by means of a competitive free-for-all. Each company wanted to expand its territory at the expense of the others.
  2. (computer games) Deathmatch, sometimes specifically one in which every player is pitted against all the others.

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