duke it out

duke it out

1. To physically fight someone. Watch out, there's two guys duking it out in the back of the bar! I duked it out with some guy last night and earned myself a black eye for my troubles.
2. To contend with someone or something for something. In such a big family, my siblings and I always have to duke it out for our parents' attention.
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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

fight it out. North American informal
Dukes or dooks are ‘fists’, especially when raised in a fighting position. The word comes from rhyming slang Duke of Yorks, ‘forks’ (i.e. fingers).
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duke it out

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