knock-down drag-out

knock-down drag-out

Lengthy, intense, and contentious. Although the phrase uses terms related to a physical fight, it usually refers to non-physical quarrels, or athletic contests, but not actual violence. This meeting is shaping up to be a knock-down drag-out battle between the two rival executives, who have each been trying to recruit allies. We knew from the beginning that this was going to be a knock-down drag-out game, and it hasn't disappointed, with both sides relentlessly trying to gain an advantage.
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Shane Scully and his son Chooch begin this adventure with a motorcycle ride through the hills of Malibu with off-duty Los Angeles County sheriffs (Iron Pigs) and a knock-down drag-out with Hells Angels types.
I ant not really worried about schism in the church in the United States," she says, adding that the Episcopal Church "is a communion with such cultural diversity and such diversity within its own beliefs that it would be shocking if we did not have these knock-down drag-out fights about things.