What does the word scrimmage mean?

Usage examples for scrimmage

  1. The rope barriers had been cut, and a hand- to- hand struggle was taking place round the boat,- an ugly scrimmage to which as little reference as possible was made at the wreck inquiry afterwards. – Studies in love and in terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  2. He knew what he was fighting and was armed with the proper weapons instead of going blind into the scrimmage. – Ted and the Telephone by Sara Ware Bassett