knock-down-and-drag-out
knock-down-and-drag-out knock-down-and-drag-out, knockdown-dragout knockdown-dragoutadj. marked by extreme violence; -- of fights; also used metaphorically of fierce contests; as, a knock-down-and-drag-out fight; a knockdown-dragout competition for the browser market.

Syn: ferocious, fierce, knockdown-dragout, tearing. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • knock-down-and-drag-out — adjective extremely violent a knock down and drag out fight • Syn: ↑knockdown dragout • Similar to: ↑violent • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism * * * I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷  …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock-down-and-drag-out — adjective see knock down, drag out …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • knock-down-and-drag-out — Synonyms and related words: affray, altercation, barney, bickering, boisterous, brawl, broil, dispute, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, dustup, fight, fracas, fray, free for all, harum scarum, hassle, knockabout, melee, rambunctious, rampageous,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • knock-down-drag-out — /nok down drag owt /, adj. marked by unrelenting violence: a knock down drag out fight. Also, knock down, drag out; knock down and drag out. [1820 30; adj. use of v. phrases knock down and drag out] * * * n. informal a free for all fight [as ad …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock-down-drag-out — /nok down drag owt /, adj. marked by unrelenting violence: a knock down drag out fight. Also, knock down, drag out; knock down and drag out. [1820 30; adj. use of v. phrases knock down and drag out] * * * …   Universalium

  • knock-down, drag-out — /ˈnɒk daʊn ˌdræg aʊt/ (say nok down .drag owt) adjective characterised by unrestrained violence: it was a knock down, drag out fight. Also, knockdown, dragout. {US colloquial phrase (1820s) to knock down and drag out meaning to vanquish utterly ; …   Australian English dictionary

  • knock-down, drag-out — or knock down and drag out adjective Date: 1834 marked by extreme violence or bitterness and by the showing of no mercy < knock down, drag out political debates > • knock down drag out noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • knock-down, drag-out — adjective see knock down and drag out I * * * (or knock down drag out) adj, always used before a noun US informal : very angry or violent We had a knock down drag out argument …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock-down-drag-out — American a knock down drag out fight or argument is very serious and continues for a long time. Look, I don t want to get into a knock down drag out fight with you over this so let s forget it. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

  • knock — {{11}}knock (n.) mid 14c., from KNOCK (Cf. knock) (v.). As an engine noise, from 1899. {{12}}knock (v.) O.E. cnocian (W.Saxon cnucian), to pound, beat; knock (on a door), likely of imitative origin. Meaning deprecate, put down is from 1892.… …   Etymology dictionary

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