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See also: mêlée
melee (plural melees)
- Hand-to-hand combat, brawl.
- A battle fought at close range, extending even to disorganized crowds of people or traffic jams.
- A noisy, confused or tumultuous fight, argument or scrap.
2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in 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.
- Lively contention or debate, skirmish.
- (military, historical) A cavalry exercise in which two groups of riders try to cut paper plumes off the helmets of their opponents, the contest continuing until no member of one group retains his plume.
Hand-to-hand combat. Mano-à-mano
battle fought at close range
noisy, confused or tumultuous fight, argument