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.