free-for-all
free-for-all free-for-all n. 1. a noisy and disordered fight conducted without rules.

Syn: brawl. [WordNet 1.5]

2. Hence: Any vigorous competition in which anyone can compete, with few or no rules, and in which the winner is unpredictable; as, when they began to distribute the free food, the orderly line of hungry recipients degenerated into a free-for-all. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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