knock-down, drag-out fight

knock-down, drag-out fight

a serious fight; a serious argument. Boy, they really had a knock-down, drag-out fight. Stop calling each other names, or you're going to end up with a real knock-down, drag-out fight.
See also: fight
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It's been a knock-down, drag-out fight, neck and neck the whole way.
The couple went out on the roof terrace and had a knock-down, drag-out fight.
The key to this achievement is Clinton's budget plan, which passed through Congress in 1993 only after a knock-down, drag-out fight led by the President--a fight won with only the votes of a fractious Democratic party, and against a vehement and united Republican front.
But Eric got substantial visitation rights, which caused the subsequent knock-down, drag-out fight.
Expect a knock-down, drag-out fight at the malls this weekend: Stores are knocking down prices in hopes of dragging out more customers as they fight to save a lackluster holiday retail season.
I'm in this knock-down, drag-out fight with Pam and I get flattened,'' Witt said in Sunday's New York Daily News.