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Fisticuffs   /fˈɪstɪkˌəfs/   Listen

A fight with bare fists.  Synonyms: fistfight, slugfest.
Fighting with the fists.  Synonyms: boxing, pugilism.

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"Fisticuffs" Quotes from Famous Books

... bombardment; the navy was freely denounced and defended, and Berkley, pleased that he had started a row, listened complacently, inserting a word here and there calculated to incite several prominent citizens to fisticuffs. And the ferry-boat started with ...
— Ailsa Paige • Robert W. Chambers

... Whitterick—grip him! Grip him! Now you have him at the pinch! Well pulled, Brock! 'Tis a certainty for Brock—good Brock! Well done—well done! Ah, would you? Hands off that dagger! Let fisticuffs settle it! The Whitterick ...
— The Black Douglas • S. R. Crockett

... J[i]jil was now called to a much more serious enterprize than heading his truculent highlanders against a neighbouring tribe—though it must be admitted that he was always in his element when fisticuffs were in request. An appeal had come from Algiers. The Moors there had endured for seven years the embargo of the Spaniards; they had seen their fregatas rotting before their eyes, and never dared to mend them; they had viewed many a rich prize sail by, and never so much as ventured ...
— The Story of the Barbary Corsairs • Stanley Lane-Poole

... sure of it!" said I. "Furthermore, pray do not disparage your fists, sir. A bout at fisticuffs never did a man any harm that I ever heard; a man's fists are good, honest weapons supplied by a beneficent Providence—far better than your unnatural swords and murderous hair-triggers; at least, so I think, being, I trust, something of a philosopher. Still, in this instance, never having seen your ...
— The Broad Highway • Jeffery Farnol

... by the lord mayor of Cork. It was a most memorable occasion, and when they returned they found the British and American seamen on such good terms that the two bodies had already tried each other out in friendly fisticuffs, the net results being common respect ...
— Our Navy in the War • Lawrence Perry

... ceases, fatigued with his task, before he has begun to get his story under weigh; and miscellaneous pieces. Some of these latter are simply lyrical exercises, and must have been written in Peter Corcoran's earlier days. The most characteristic and the best deal, however, with the science of fisticuffs. Here are the lines sent by the poet to his mistress on the painful occasion which we have described above, "after a casual ...
— Gossip in a Library • Edmund Gosse

... the general. "I agree with every word that our young friend here has said. He appears to have got a very good grip of the situation, and his views accord with my own exactly. We shall doubtless be obliged to come to fisticuffs with those scoundrels forward before we can hope to extricate ourselves from this very awkward situation. But it would be the height of folly to precipitate a fight before we are fully prepared. And now, gentlemen, I am going up on the poop. Come with me who ...
— A Middy in Command - A Tale of the Slave Squadron • Harry Collingwood

... he said, "must remain in hiding behind the tree. You will hear me knock, accost the ruffians and hold them in conversation. The moment you hear me exclaim loudly, "Hey, Presto! Pots and Pans," you will dart out and engage the villains at fisticuffs. The ...
— The Magic Pudding • Norman Lindsay

Words linked to "Fisticuffs" :   glove, punch, boxing, take the count, in-fighting, sparring, poke, boxing ring, cut, spar, slug, count out, below the belt, clinch, fight, rope-a-dope, combat, decision, contact sport, sidestep, fighting, hook, boxing glove, remain down, mouthpiece, biff, gumshield, scrap, clout, professional boxing, punch-up, lick, boxing equipment, prize ring, pugilism

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