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slugfest

1. A fight in which two or more participants punch with their bare hands; a fistfight. A portmanteau of "slug" (meaning "to punch") and "festival." The arguing led to pushing and shoving, which eventually led to an all-out slugfest. She came away from the slugfest with a black eye and a broken hand.
2. A particularly intense or heated argument between two or more people in which points, rebuttals, accusations, etc., are exchanged back and forth. The senator is bracing for a slugfest when she puts her proposal before Congress for a vote. The case has truly been a slugfest between the two large companies' teams of lawyers.

slugfest

1. n. a fight; a festival of slugging. They went out in the alley for a real slugfest.
2. n. a festival of arguing. The president emerged from the slugfest with control of the company still hers.
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Through at least its first half, ``The Dinner Party'' is an inventive pastiche/parody of various comic genres and sub-genres: Feydeau-esque farce (the set's two doors get slammed plenty), Ionesco-style absurdism, the genteel verbal slugfests of Noel Coward and, of course, Simon's own Catskills brand of hit-and-miss comic shtick.
That means lots of slashing, vicious slugfests on the lam.
We watched earlier games today and they were slugfests.