noun plural Etymology: alteration of fisty cuff, from fisty fistic + cuff Date: 1605 a fight with the fists

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  • fisticuffs — c.1600, from FIST (Cf. fist) + CUFF (Cf. cuff), perhaps in imitation of handiwork. Related: Fisticuffs …   Etymology dictionary

  • fisticuffs — [fis′ti kufs΄] pl.n. 〚/span> FIST + CUFF2〛 Old fashioned the act or skill of fighting with the fists * * * fist·i·cuffs (fĭsʹtĭ kŭfs ) pl.n. 1. A fistfig …   Universalium

  • fisticuffs — index affray, brawl Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fisticuffs — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ fighting with the fists …   English terms dictionary

  • fisticuffs — [fis′ti kufs΄] pl.n. [< FIST + CUFF2] Old fashioned the act or skill of fighting with the fists …   English World dictionary

  • fisticuffs — noun /ˈfɪs.tɪ.kʌfs/ a) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people. People who share a cell in the Basti[l]le if they do not immediately fall to fisticuffs, will find some possible ground of compromise. b) Bare knuckled… …   Wiktionary

  • fisticuffs — n. to engage in fisticuffs * * * to engage in fisticuffs …   Combinatory dictionary

  • fisticuffs — [[t]fɪ̱stikʌfs[/t]] N UNCOUNT Fisticuffs is fighting in which people try to hit each other with their fists. [HUMOROUS or OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • fisticuffs — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. fistfight, boxing, encounter; see boxing , fight 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A physical conflict involving two or more: fight, fistfight, scrap2, scuffle, tussle. Slang: rumble. See CONFLICT …   English dictionary for students

  • fisticuffs — fis|ti|cuffs [ˈfıstıkʌfs] n [plural] old fashioned a fight in which you use your ↑bare hands to hit someone often used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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