battle royal

battle royal
noun
a noisy riotous fight
Syn: ↑melee, ↑scrimmage
Hypernyms: ↑disturbance

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noun (plural battles royal or battle royals)
1.
a. : a fight participated in by more than two combatants

he tells of seeing a battle royal among five, each gashing, slashing, and puncturing the nearest to him until only one was left alive — J.W.Lippincott

especially : such a contest in which the last man in the ring or on his feet is declared the winner
b. : a fight to the finish : a violent struggle

after a battle royal the cops hauled Jack off to jail — Sat. Eve. Post

2. : a heated discussion, disagreement, or dispute

these battles royal between him and Lady Henry were not uncommon — Mrs. Humphry Ward

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pl. battles royal.
1. a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged.
2. a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal.
[1665-75]

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battle royal noun
1. A general mêlée
2. A fierce fight (also figurative)
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Main Entry:battle

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battle royal,
plural battles royal.
1. a fight in which several persons take part; riot; free-for-all.
2. a long, hard fight.

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(pl. battles royal) a fiercely contested fight or dispute

there promises to be a battle royal between the two companies


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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