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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. Rather than being no-cost, the "free" of distance education stems from the fact that it offers professors and students the "free"dom of setting their own schedules.
These wacky free-for-alls are a shotgun wedding between the old-fashioned British panto tradition and an American variety show.
But then we only have to look at the incidents both on and off the field of play in recent years where not only players have been assaulted, but also referees and spectators with so-called 'free-for-alls' breaking out in even non-competitive games.
This is not a Falcons gripe, although Maybank's refereeing of the tackle area and particularly the way he allowed Sale to indulge in free-for-alls was appalling, but one shared equally by both sides.
QUITE a lively local derby for England star Ben Key to enjoy, with five players sin-binned, three needing treatment in three different ambulances and two energetic free-for-alls going on at the same time as the match.
Footage of their unprecedented onstage free-for-alls reveals a kaleidoscope of thrift-store finery, tinsel backdrops, show tunes, lipstick, facial hair, and penises under petticoats.
Looking for free-for-alls? www.webfreebees.com and www.free-freebees.net both offer links to various sites offering free samples, coupons, brochures, software, travel tips and greeting cards.
The fate of London coffeehouses could offer clues to the future of newsgroup free-for-alls. Their demise was brought about by "the reestablishment of authority and the institution of exclusivity" (p.
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.
Often, these renewals turn into political free-for-alls; foreign legislators examine China's human rights record and other misdeeds.
He would like us to believe that in cyberspace "the despatialization of interaction" means that "there is no such thing as a better address." 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.
Blackout mode is slick and solid, combining Call Of Duty's satisfying, high-paced shootouts with the ruthless menace of PUBG's free-for-alls.
"I wasn't worried about not making the playoffs, so we could kind of treat these races coming up as free-for-alls, and we're just going to keep going after it."