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free-for-all

A chaotic, uncontrolled situation. Janice tried to plan a fun, organized birthday party for her son, but as soon as the other kids arrived, the event turned into a free-for-all. The debate turned into a free-for-all when the candidates all started yelling at each other.
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Distance education represents a different kind of free-for-all.
This surprising picture, crowded with figures and animals, tipped, flattened, and cropped like the revelers in Cezanne's early, Delacroix-inspired free-for-alls, seemed about to fragment under the pressure of its narrow dimensions, its staccato diagonal strokes threatening to detach completely from reference.
They were scripted events, With questions preplanned before the questions were posed, rather than free-for-alls on the issues.
But as anyone who has spent any time in the flame-war free-for-alls of Internet-based discussion groups soon learns, you are who your e-mail address is.
Multiple gameplay modes provide endless scenarios for combat and exploration, as players face off against massive bosses, explore mysterious dungeons or engage in PvP and Guild-on-Guild free-for-alls.
Cllr Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "We've held very successful Join the conversation on our Facebook page face com/poolecho free-for-alls in north Liverpool and we wanted to give communities in south Liverpool the opportunity to get hold of some much-needed free furniture, access to advice and a great family day out.
The taxpayers aren't paying the agents to conduct hunting free-for-alls but to protect wildlife.
In the latest series of matches, the front-runners in either section have once again failed to take advantage and suddenly both prizes have become free-for-alls.
In fact, today's mass gatherings have virtually nothing in common with those infamous free-for-alls - apart from traffic jams and an inability to control the weather.
SO-CALLED "slams" - artistic free-for-alls where untried work can get a public airing in much the same environment as gladiatorial games - can be a good thing, and they can be a bad thing.
The open space is designed to provide a more humane atmosphere, but when tempers flare, the architecture allows for some large-scale free-for-alls.
My favourite ones are house parties that have degenerated into drunken, snog-infested free-for-alls, preferably at a flat in the West End of Glasgow that contains hardly anyone you know.
What Kerry calls "parties" were teenage free-for-alls that left neighbouring gardens' decorated with empty beer cans and vomit.
Industry-fueled swag free-for-alls hit a new high--or maybe that's low--at Sundance last month, where report after report of borderline-pushy behavior trickled out of the fest designed to celebrate indie film.
For Ali can expect his opponent Antoni Inoki to throw out karate chops with his bare hands, and thus make this battle one of the biggest free-for-alls in fight history.