duke it out

duke it out

Sl. to have a fistfight. John told George to meet him in the alley so they could duke it out.
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duke it out

to compete against someone or something The airlines are duking it out, offering better service and cheaper fares as a way of attracting passengers.
Usage notes: often used in newspaper writing to describe competition between political candidates: Candidates are still duking it out in state primaries, with no one the clear winner yet.
Related vocabulary: fight it out
Etymology: based on the slang meaning of duke (to hit or fight someone with your hands)
See also: duke, out

duke it out

phr. to have a fistfight. John told George to meet him in the alley so they could duke it out.
See also: duke, out
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Survivor,'' in which two tribes of contestants duke it out after getting plopped on a deserted island with but a handful of supplies and a battery of probing cameras circling them, was a big hit in Sweden, where it was first developed.
Jean-Baptiste hated family, we are told, yet he spawned one despite himself--a brood of pugilistic acolytes who duke it out with one another for the title to "dad's" affections.
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