scrimmage

Part of speech: noun

A rough- and- tumble contest; fracas.

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Usage examples "scrimmage":

  1. There's to be scrimmage tomorrow. - "Left Guard Gilbert", Ralph Henry Barbour.
  2. 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", Marie Belloc Lowndes.
  3. He knew what he was fighting and was armed with the proper weapons instead of going blind into the scrimmage. - "Ted and the Telephone", Sara Ware Bassett.