slugfest

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slugfest

1. A fight in which two or more participants punch with their bare hands; a fistfight. A portmanteau of "slug" (meaning "to punch") and "festival." The arguing led to pushing and shoving, which eventually led to an all-out slugfest. She came away from the slugfest with a black eye and a broken hand.
2. A particularly intense or heated argument between two or more people in which points, rebuttals, accusations, etc., are exchanged back and forth. The senator is bracing for a slugfest when she puts her proposal before Congress for a vote. The case has truly been a slugfest between the two large companies' teams of lawyers.

slugfest

1. n. a fight; a festival of slugging. They went out in the alley for a real slugfest.
2. n. a festival of arguing. The president emerged from the slugfest with control of the company still hers.
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They've been risking frostbite as they watch a slug-fest in a howling gale.
Everything was pointing to a slug-fest between Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea after Pep Guardiola's men cantered to the trophy in record fashion last time out.
Won't be a slug-fest with big gaps left at either end to give us a 4-3 thriller.
Earlier today, as part of the political slug-fest, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led centre, saying that the NRC was a politically motivated move by the BJP to get votes, adding that it could lead to a civil war.
The atmosphere, in sharp contrast to Friday's slug-fest, was electric.
"I'm expecting a bit of a reaction from Castleford, they're probably not firing like they would like to but that Warrington game was an absolute slug-fest and those weather conditions just nullified anything that they were trying to do offensively," said Thorman.
A DECLINING SPECTACLE WHAT began as a promising Wales performance, which hinted at a comprehensive victory being possible, petered out into something of a slug-fest that frankly just became a bit of a bore.
In a second round match of the singles competition, which turned out to be a two hour and 43 minutes three-set slug-fest, the Omani top seed had to stave off a stiff challenge from Thai wild card Tamachan Momkoonthod before emerging a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) winner.
It was compulsive enough viewing yesterday as their thirdround pairing turned into a relentless slug-fest where both traded blows like boxers as the lead changed hand repeatedly.
"They have a good shot at it now but Wigan are a good side too and I'm sure it will be another slug-fest like tonight."
Chukyo and Sotoku began their slug-fest on a Thursday in the semi-final of Japan's high school rubber-ball baseball championship in Akashi, western Japan.
Before the teams went 70 minutes without a hit by either side, the game started off as a slug-fest.