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rumble

1. slang A fight or brawl. I heard there was a rumble between the two gangs last night. I hope no one was killed. The two players started pushing and yelling, and eventually it devolved into a full-blown rumble after their teammates got involved.
2. slang To engage in a fight or brawl. We were about to rumble with those idiots in the bar when the bouncer intervened and threw us out.

rumble on

To continue at a low but consistent level or degree, especially when no clear conclusion or resolution seems imminent or likely. Said especially of some argument, complaint, debate, discussion, etc. The issue has been rumbling on in the background of our industry for nearly 10 years now, but we're still no closer to figuring out a solution to it. Recently, a dispute between environmentalists and archaeologists has rumbled on regarding the latter's intent to excavate an ancient burial site for the sake of studying the hieroglyphs scrawled on the stone slabs inside.
See also: on, rumble
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rumble

1. in. to fight. The gangs are rumbling over on Fourth Street.
2. n. a fight; a street fight; a gang fight. My brother was hurt in a gang rumble.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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