Do you know the word "fisticuffs"?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have you ever heard the word fisticuffs? Would you be able to define it?
    Yes, I have heard and can use this word : (55 votes)
    62 %
    No, I have never heard this word and cannot use it : (14 votes)
    16 %
    Yes, I can define this word : (14 votes)
    16 %
    No, I cannot define this word : (6 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @ScottishMrs:  Yes, heard it.  I would define it as a “scuffle.”

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @ScottishMrs:  It’s kind of like saying that two people “came to blows” right?

     

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Fisticuffs = fight with fists.  I usually imagine an old timey-wimey fight, one where the guys are sporting handle bar mustaches.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I work with students from India and China and they use a very proper and dated form of English when communicating. No joke that I had a student say to me, “I desired to purchase a top of the line, new automobile. However, the prices were so substantiale that I was forced to buy this jalopy.” 

    My students usually have a better vocab than I do which can be good fun! But I’m always defining slang words and phrases (like “what’s up” or “twerking”) and sometimes curse words (f$ck and asshole came up just last year)! 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

    @ScottishMrs:  yes. “What, fisticuffs? I’d do anything, for you dear, anything…” From Oliver!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee

    I always think of the cowardly lion “put em up, put em up” when I think of fisticuffs haha. I was an avid romance novel reader in my pre-teens so Victorian English is pretty much a part of my every day vocabulary.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Yes, it’s a great word. 

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee

    Yes, from the musical “Oliver!”

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Yes, from Oliver! Means a small fight or a scuffle.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee

    I adore that word!

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