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

 

brawl

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//brɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//brɔːl//
 
 
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a noisy and violent fight involving a group of people, usually in a public place a drunken brawl Police officers were injured in a mass brawl outside a nightclub. 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 Middle English: perhaps ultimately imitative and related to bray.Extra examples They got caught up in a street brawl. a brawl between different gangs of football supporters. a brawl over a woman He got into a drunken brawl in a bar. a street/​pub/​tavern/​nightclub/​bar-room brawl
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