slugfest

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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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It will likely turn into a slugfest and, if it does, experience may count for nothing against a younger, sharper, stronger man.
In the meantime, the domestic long-distance market has turned into a slugfest with two main rivals: Embratel and Sao Paulo's Telefonica, spending $11 million and $9 million respectively on advertisements during the first quarter of the year, according to W Brazil, a Sao Paulo ad agency.
THE final week of the Coral/Racing Post Jumps naps competition is turning into a slugfest as Steve Simpson of the Blackpool Gazette and Racing and Football Outlook's Nick Watts responded to Farringdon of the Morning Star's 9-1 winner on Monday with 7-4 shot Andre Chenier, who scored at Sedgefield yesterday, writes Pietro Innocenzi.