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Definition of scuffle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scuffle

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈskʌfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌfl//
 
 
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scuffle (with somebody) | scuffle (between A and B) a short and not very violent fight or struggle Scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators. He was involved in a scuffle with a photographer. Synonymsfightclash brawl struggle scuffleThese are all words for a situation in which people try to defeat each other using physical force.fight a situation in which two or more people try to defeat each other using physical force:He got into a fight with a man in the bar.clash (journalism) a short fight between two groups of people:Clashes broke out between police and demonstrators.brawl a noisy and violent fight involving a group of people, usually in a public place:a drunken brawl in a barstruggle a fight between two people or groups of people, especially when one of them is trying to escape, or to get something from the other:There were no signs of a struggle at the murder scene.scuffle a short and not very violent fight or struggle:He was involved in a scuffle with a photographer.Patterns a fight/​clash/​brawl/​struggle/​scuffle over something in a fight/​brawl/​struggle/​scuffle a violent fight/​clash/​struggle to be in/​get into/​be involved in a fight/​clash/​brawl/​scuffle a fight/​clash/​brawl/​scuffle breaks out Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish skuffa ‘to push’; related to shove and shuffle.Extra examples He was injured in a scuffle at the demonstration. He was involved in a scuffle with photographers. a scuffle between rival gangs Scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators.
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