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Definition of free-for-all noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a noisy fight or argument in which a lot of people take part Prompt action by prison staff prevented a violent free-for-all.
  2. 2a situation in which there are no rules or controls and everyone acts for their own advantage The lowering of trade barriers has led to a free-for-all among exporters. a price-cutting free-for-all
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: free-for-all