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The act of striving or vying with another; contention or competition
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  1. The act of striving or vying with another; contention or competition
  2. Contention or competition between rivals.
  3. Heated, often violent conflict or disagreement.
The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
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  1. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
  2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
  3. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
An encounter between opposing forces:
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  1. An encounter between opposing forces:
  2. Any fight or struggle; conflict
  3. A protracted controversy or struggle:
A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd:
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  1. A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd:
  2. A confused struggle or fight at close quarters.
  3. A noisy, confused fight or hand-to-hand struggle among a number of people
Sharp disagreement or opposition, as of interests or ideas; clash
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  1. Sharp disagreement or opposition, as of interests or ideas; clash
  2. A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
  3. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
Land held from a feudal lord in return for service; fief
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  1. Land held from a feudal lord in return for service; fief
  2. A bitter, often prolonged quarrel or state of enmity, especially such a state of hostilities between two families or clans.
  3. A bitter, protracted, and violent quarrel, esp. between clans or families, often characterized by killings and counterkillings
A contest between antagonists; a match:
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  1. A contest between antagonists; a match:
  2. A period of time spent in a particular way; a spell:
Needlessly nervous or useless activity; commotion:
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  1. Needlessly nervous or useless activity; commotion:
  2. An objection; a protest:
  3. A state of excessive and unwarranted concern over an unimportant matter:
An angry dispute; an altercation.
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  1. An angry dispute; an altercation.
  2. A reason for a dispute or argument:
  3. A dispute or disagreement, esp. one marked by anger and deep resentment
A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
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  1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  2. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
  3. Any race, game, debate, etc. in which individuals or teams compete with one another to determine the winner
Great effort or a series of efforts; violent exertion
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  1. Great effort or a series of efforts; violent exertion
  2. The act of struggling:
  3. Something that is difficult to do or achieve:
A meeting with another, esp. when unexpected or by chance
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  1. A meeting with another, esp. when unexpected or by chance
  2. A direct meeting, as in conflict or battle
  3. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief:
A series of objects placed next to each other, usually in a straight line.
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  1. A series of objects placed next to each other, usually in a straight line.
  2. A street with a line of buildings on either side, specif. one with occupants or establishments of a specified kind
  3. A number of people or things arranged so as to form a line, esp. a straight line
An angry altercation; a quarrel.
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  1. An angry altercation; a quarrel.
  2. A disputing; argument; debate
  3. (Obs.) A fight
A failure or refusal to agree.
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  1. A failure or refusal to agree.
  2. Refusal to agree or comply
  3. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
A battle involving many combatants.
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  1. A battle involving many combatants.
  2. A long, bitterly fought battle
  3. A fight to the finish.
A focused comparison:
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  1. A focused comparison:
  2. The act of confronting or challenging another, especially face-to-face
  3. The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face.
The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
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  1. The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
  2. A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
  3. In constitutional law, an actual, definite, and concrete dispute over legal rights between parties with adverse interests wherein one party is seeking an adjudication of the dispute and specific relief of a conclusive nature. Also called case or controversy requirement. See also adversary proceeding.
(Slang) A loud party.
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  1. (Slang) A loud party.
  2. A rough, noisy quarrel or fight; row
A noisy brawl or quarrel; public fight or riot; breach of the peace
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  1. A noisy brawl or quarrel; public fight or riot; breach of the peace
  2. A noisy quarrel or brawl.
  3. The voluntary and consensual fighting between two or more individuals in a public place to the terror of onlookers or the disturbance of the peace. There is no affray when a person is unlawfully attacked and resorts to self-defense instead of fleeing. See also assembly. The voluntary and consensual fighting between two or more individuals in a public place to the terror of onlookers or the disturbance of the peace. There is no affray when a person is unlawfully attacked and resorts to self-defense instead of fleeing. See also assembly.
Something done or experienced; a matter or event:
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  1. Something done or experienced; a matter or event:
  2. An amorous relationship between two people not married to each other, esp. when at least one person is married to or involved with someone else
  3. Personal business:
A heated dispute or intensely competitive situation:
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  1. A heated dispute or intensely competitive situation:
  2. A noisy quarrel or fight; brawl
  3. Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee.
A person regarded as a suitable or possible mate
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  1. A person regarded as a suitable or possible mate
  2. One that is able to compete equally with another:
  3. Two or more persons or things that go together in appearance, size, or other quality
A fistfight.
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  1. A fistfight.
  2. The act or skill of fighting with the fists
  3. The activity of fighting with the fists.
The ringing in sequence of a set of bells from the smallest to the largest, in change ringing
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  1. The ringing in sequence of a set of bells from the smallest to the largest, in change ringing
  2. A complete course, succession, or series:
  3. (Sports & Games) A unit of play that occupies a specified time, constitutes a certain number of plays, or allows each player a turn, especially the 18-hole sequence played in golf or one of the periods in a boxing match.
A rowdy argument.
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  1. A rowdy argument.
  2. The act of broiling or the condition of being broiled.
  3. Food, especially meat, that is broiled.
A noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel.
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  1. A noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel.
The condition or quality of being difficult:
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  1. The condition or quality of being difficult:
  2. A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
  3. Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved:
A vehement quarrel.
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  1. A vehement quarrel.
  2. An angry or heated argument
Petty quarreling. Usually considered a childish behaviour, although often applied to adults.
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  1. Petty quarreling. Usually considered a childish behaviour, although often applied to adults.
The action of the verb to wrangle
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  1. The action of the verb to wrangle
A violent public disturbance of the peace, by a number of persons (specified, in law, usually as three or more) assembled together
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  1. A violent public disturbance of the peace, by a number of persons (specified, in law, usually as three or more) assembled together
  2. A wild or turbulent disturbance created by a large number of people.
  3. (Slang) An irresistibly funny person or thing:
A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
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  1. A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
  2. A set of statements in which one follows logically as a conclusion from the others.
  3. (Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
Difference of opinion; disagreement.
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  1. Difference of opinion; disagreement.
  2. A difference of opinion; disagreement or, esp., discord as expressed in intense quarreling or wrangling, as within a group [dissension among party members]: often in dissension in the ranks, dissatisfaction with those in authority
A formal contest of skill in reasoned argument, with two teams taking opposite sides of a specified question
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  1. A formal contest of skill in reasoned argument, with two teams taking opposite sides of a specified question
  2. Discussion or consideration of opposing reasons; argument about or deliberation on a question
  3. Deliberation; consideration:
A test of skill or ability; a contest:
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  1. A test of skill or ability; a contest:
  2. Rivalry, as between two individuals or entities, a quest to secure an advantage over another; in business, rivalry for customers or a share of the marketplace. See unfair competition. Rivalry, as between two individuals or entities, a quest to secure an advantage over another; in business, rivalry for customers or a share of the marketplace. See unfair competition.
  3. The person or persons against whom one competes
The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.
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  1. The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.
  2. The act of rivaling or the fact or condition of being a rival or rivals; competition
  3. In economics, rivalry is a characteristic of a good. Rivalrous goods are those which can be consumed by only one person at the same time -- for example, a candy bar or a suit; a non-rivalrous good may be provided to more consumers at a very low marginal cost for each additional consumer.
(Military) A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
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  1. (Military) A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
  2. A minor battle in war, as one between small forces or between large forces avoiding direct conflict.
  3. A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.
Play that begins with the snap from center, with both teams positioned on the line of scrimmage
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  1. Play that begins with the snap from center, with both teams positioned on the line of scrimmage
  2. A rough-and-tumble fight; tussle; confused struggle
  3. (Football) Play between the two teams from the time the ball is snapped until it is declared dead.
A sharp disagreement; conflict
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  1. A sharp disagreement; conflict
  2. A violent conflict or confrontation.
  3. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
The act or sound of feet shuffling
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  1. The act or sound of feet shuffling
  2. A rough, confused fight; close, haphazard struggle
  3. A hoe that is designed to work soil by being pushed and pulled.
A clash or conflict of opinions, interests, etc.
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  1. A clash or conflict of opinions, interests, etc.
  2. The act of colliding, or coming together with sudden, violent force
  3. A condition of opposition or conflict between two or more people or things:
A sweeping stroke of the hand, as in removing something.
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  1. A sweeping stroke of the hand, as in removing something.
  2. An instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous:
  3. A device having bristles, hairs, or wires fastened into a hard back, with or without a handle attached: brushes are used for cleaning, polishing, painting, smoothing the hair, etc.
The way of moving, working, etc., as of a machine, an organ of the body, etc.
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  1. The way of moving, working, etc., as of a machine, an organ of the body, etc.
  2. Organized activity to accomplish an objective:
  3. The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area:
A mutual promise to get married.
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  1. A mutual promise to get married.
  2. An arrangement to go somewhere, do something, meet someone, etc.; appointment
  3. Employment, especially for a specified time:
A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
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  1. A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
  2. The forces making such a raid
  3. An armed attack, especially one made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
An intense battle fought in close contact by troops arranged in a predetermined formation.
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  1. An intense battle fought in close contact by troops arranged in a predetermined formation.
  2. (Military) A hostile engagement involving sustained, full-scale fighting between opposing forces in close combat.
  3. A battle in which placement of troops and the line of combat are relatively fixed before the action
An inclination from the horizontal or vertical; a slant:
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  1. An inclination from the horizontal or vertical; a slant:
  2. Any spirited contest, contention, dispute, etc. between persons
  3. A tendency to favor one side in a dispute:
A personal competition or combat suggestive of combat with lances:
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  1. A personal competition or combat suggestive of combat with lances:
  2. A series of tilting matches; a tournament.
  3. A combat or contest with lances, as between two medieval knights on horseback; esp., such a formal combat as part of a tournament
Armed fighting; battle
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  1. Armed fighting; battle
  2. Any struggle or conflict; strife
  3. Fighting, especially with weapons:
A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor.
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  1. A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor.
A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
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  1. A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
  2. A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
The total number of points required to win a game:
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  1. The total number of points required to win a game:
  2. A period of competition or challenge:
  3. (Mathematics) A model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
(Music) A lack of harmony in tones sounded together; inharmonious combination of tones; dissonance
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  1. (Music) A lack of harmony in tones sounded together; inharmonious combination of tones; dissonance
  2. A harsh or confused noise, as the sound of battle; clash; din
  3. Lack of agreement among persons, groups, or things.
The state of being alien; foreign, non-native.
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  1. The state of being alien; foreign, non-native.
  2. The act of estranging; the act of alienating; alienation.
A confused or complicated disagreement.
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  1. A confused or complicated disagreement.
  2. A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
  3. A complicated situation; an entanglement
The condition of being disturbed:
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  1. The condition of being disturbed:
  2. Something that disturbs, as a commotion, scuffle, or public tumult.
  3. A variation in normal wind conditions.
A slight quarrel; spat
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  1. A slight quarrel; spat
  2. A fit of irritation.
  3. A little drink of weak liquor or punch
A disagreement or quarrel that causes a breach between persons formerly close
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  1. A disagreement or quarrel that causes a breach between persons formerly close
  2. Alternative form of falling out.
  3. (Idiomatic) A rift between people or groups, often following a disagreement or quarrel
  1. A case of confusion.
  2. (Informal) A fight or melee.
  3. A mix, blend, or variety.
A rough or vigorous struggle; a scuffle.
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  1. A rough or vigorous struggle; a scuffle.
A bit of something written or printed; brief extract
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  1. A bit of something written or printed; brief extract
  2. Discarded waste material, especially metal suitable for reprocessing.
  3. A fight or quarrel
A disorderly fight, argument, or competition in which everyone present participates.
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  1. A disorderly fight, argument, or competition in which everyone present participates.
  2. A disorganized fight in which many take part; brawl
  3. A disorderly situation in which there is little regard for authority or rules.
A disturbance; a commotion:
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  1. A disturbance; a commotion:
  2. (Informal) Noisy confusion; uproar; row; disturbance
(Printing) Matter that is added to a text.
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  1. (Printing) Matter that is added to a text.
  2. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, etc.
  3. An encounter; a scrape or brush; especially one involving trouble or difficulty.
The final battle between two nemeses, in which there can be but one victor
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  1. The final battle between two nemeses, in which there can be but one victor
  2. An event, especially a confrontation, that forces an issue to a conclusion.
  3. (Poker) The displaying, faceup on the table, of the hands of all of the players who have not withdrawn as of the final round of betting, to determine who wins the pot
A recurrence, especially of a disease or condition:
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  1. A recurrence, especially of a disease or condition:
  2. A sudden, brief outburst of anger, trouble, etc.
  3. A sudden outbreak, outburst or eruption (originally of flame, but now used more generally of any violent activity)
(Brit., Informal) A quantity given or taken at one time
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  1. (Brit., Informal) A quantity given or taken at one time
  2. (Cribbage) A call made by a player who cannot play a card because any card in his hand will carry the count above 31
  3. (--- Informal) A situation in which planned operations can be effectuated:
(Informal) An uproar or commotion
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  1. (Informal) An uproar or commotion
  2. A noisy clamor.
  3. A noisy, sometimes violent disturbance; noise and confusion; a quarrel.
A melee; a free-for-all.
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  1. A melee; a free-for-all.
  2. A brawl or fracas; a scene of chaos.
  3. (Informal) A rough, rowdy fight or free-for-all
Any brisk or vigorous contest or argument; bout
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  1. Any brisk or vigorous contest or argument; bout
  2. A brief, usually heated conflict or argument.
  3. A fight or struggle; esp., a fist fight
Any of a genus (Rheum) of perennial, large-leaved plants of the buckwheat family; esp., the domestic pieplant (R. rhaponticum), having large, cordate leaf blades borne on long, thick stalks: the stalks are cooked into a sauce or baked in pies, but the blades are poisonous
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  1. Any of a genus (Rheum) of perennial, large-leaved plants of the buckwheat family; esp., the domestic pieplant (R. rhaponticum), having large, cordate leaf blades borne on long, thick stalks: the stalks are cooked into a sauce or baked in pies, but the blades are poisonous
  2. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, or heated discussion.
  3. A preparation made from the dried rhizomes and roots of any of several plants of the genus Rheum, especially R. palmatum or R. officinale of East Asia, used as a laxative.
A troublesome situation
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  1. A troublesome situation
  2. Trouble; bother.
  3. An argument or a fight.
A state of being belligerent
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  1. A state of being belligerent
  2. A belligerent or aggressively hostile attitude, nature, or quality
  3. A hostile or warlike attitude, nature, or inclination; belligerency.
The act or characteristic of being aggressive or combative.
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  1. The act or characteristic of being aggressive or combative.
Quality of character or temperament; esp., high quality of character; spirit; courage; ardor
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  1. Quality of character or temperament; esp., high quality of character; spirit; courage; ardor
  2. The ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances; determination or resolve:
  3. Good temperament and character.
Impudence or insolence.
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  1. Impudence or insolence.
  2. Boldness and daring.
  3. Boldness, daring, fortitude, vigor, etc.
To make great efforts; try very hard
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  1. To make great efforts; try very hard
  2. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
  3. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend:
To contend or fight violently with an opponent
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  1. To contend or fight violently with an opponent
  2. To move or place (something) with an effort:
  3. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
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  1. To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
  2. To continue in some effort, course of action, etc. in spite of difficulty, opposition, etc.; be steadfast in purpose; persist
To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
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  1. To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
  2. To continue to exist or prevail; endure; remain
  3. To refuse to give up, esp. when faced with opposition or difficulty; continue firmly or steadily
To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases:
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  1. To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases:
  2. To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
  3. To show or tend to show to be true; help prove, vindicate, or corroborate
To hold aloft; raise:
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  1. To hold aloft; raise:
  2. To give moral or spiritual support or encouragement to
  3. To decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain
To deal with in exhaustive or excessive detail; belabor:
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  1. To deal with in exhaustive or excessive detail; belabor:
  2. To spend too much time and effort on; belabor
  3. To work; toil
To make productive; cultivate:
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  1. To make productive; cultivate:
  2. To function or operate in the desired or required way:
  3. To knead, stir, or otherwise manipulate in preparation:
To go through the labor of childbirth.
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  1. To go through the labor of childbirth.
  2. To have labor pains; suffer the pains of childbirth
  3. To work strenuously; toil.
To take part in a battle; fight
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  1. To take part in a battle; fight
  2. To oppose as in a battle; fight
  3. To struggle; contend
To strive in combat; fight
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  1. To strive in combat; fight
  2. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
  3. To hold to be a fact; assert
To collide or strike together with a loud, harsh, metallic noise
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  1. To collide or strike together with a loud, harsh, metallic noise
  2. To come into conflict; disagree sharply
  3. To meet in violent conflict:
To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
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  1. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
  2. To make great efforts; try very hard
  3. To be in conflict; struggle; contend; fight
To be in a state of hostility or contention; contend; strive
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  1. To be in a state of hostility or contention; contend; strive
  2. To wage or carry on warfare.
  3. To carry on war; engage in military conflict
To move or place (something) with an effort:
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  1. To move or place (something) with an effort:
  2. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
  3. To contend or fight violently with an opponent
To oppose in battle; fight against.
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  1. To oppose in battle; fight against.
  2. To act or work in order to eliminate, curtail, or stop:
  3. To engage in fighting; contend or struggle.
To fight for (ground, a military position, etc.); struggle to win or keep
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  1. To fight for (ground, a military position, etc.); struggle to win or keep
  2. To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge:
  3. To contend; struggle (with or against)
To contend with in speech or action; resist; withstand
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  1. To contend with in speech or action; resist; withstand
  2. To be or act in contention or conflict with:
  3. To present in counterbalance or contrast:
To withstand; oppose; fend off; stand firm against; withstand the action of
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  1. To withstand; oppose; fend off; stand firm against; withstand the action of
  2. To oppose actively; fight, argue, or work against
  3. To take action to defeat or thwart (an invading or occupying military force).
To express disapproval; object; dissent
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  1. To express disapproval; object; dissent
  2. To participate in a public demonstration in opposition to (something):
  3. (Law) To declare an objection and reservation of rights of (a claim being made) while taking an action that would otherwise imply consent or agreement.
An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection by a party or a lawyer to a potential juror or jury panel and his or her request that a judge disqualify the individual or the panel from hearing that party’s cause or trial. To call into question.
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  1. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection by a party or a lawyer to a potential juror or jury panel and his or her request that a judge disqualify the individual or the panel from hearing that party’s cause or trial. To call into question.
  2. To bring a legal case testing the validity of an action, particularly by the government.
  3. To take exception to; call into question; dispute:
To bring face to face with:
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  1. To bring face to face with:
  2. To come up against; encounter:
  3. To come face to face with, especially with defiance or hostility:
To come into the presence of by chance or arrangement:
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  1. To come into the presence of by chance or arrangement:
  2. To come together as opponents; contend:
  3. To be opposed in or as in battle; contend; fight
(Sports) To play (the ball) aggressively, especially by moving toward it rather than by waiting for it to arrive.
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  1. (Sports) To play (the ball) aggressively, especially by moving toward it rather than by waiting for it to arrive.
  2. To start work on with purpose and vigor:
  3. To use force against in order to harm; start a fight with; strike out at with physical or military force; assault
To engage in a quarrel; dispute.
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  1. To engage in a quarrel; dispute.
  2. To put forth reasons for or against something:
  3. To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend:
To find fault or disagree:
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  1. To find fault or disagree:
  2. To have a heated dispute or disagreement, often, specif., with a resultant breach in friendship
  3. To engage in a quarrel; dispute angrily.
To carry on a feud; quarrel
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  1. To carry on a feud; quarrel
  2. To carry on or perpetuate a bitter quarrel or state of enmity.
(Intransitive) To enter into an armed conflict with another nation
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  1. (Intransitive) To enter into an armed conflict with another nation
To resist or endure successfully.
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  1. To resist or endure successfully.
  2. To oppose, resist, or endure, esp. in a successful way
  3. To resist or oppose with determined effort:
To flow noisily over rapids, falls, etc.
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  1. To flow noisily over rapids, falls, etc.
  2. To quarrel or fight noisily
To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
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  1. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  2. (Informal) To try hard but with little or no success; specif., to struggle to survive
  3. To struggle or fight in rough confusion
To meet, especially unexpectedly; come upon:
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  1. To meet, especially unexpectedly; come upon:
  2. To meet unexpectedly; come upon
  3. To meet in conflict or battle
To fight, struggle, contend, etc. briefly but vigorously; wrestle; scuffle
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  1. To fight, struggle, contend, etc. briefly but vigorously; wrestle; scuffle
To struggle or try to cope (with)
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  1. To struggle or try to cope (with)
  2. To struggle or work hard to deal with something:
  3. To struggle in hand-to-hand combat; wrestle
To come together with violent, direct impact.
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  1. To come together with violent, direct impact.
  2. To meet in opposition; conflict:
To struggle hand to hand with an opponent in an attempt to throw or force him or her to the ground without striking blows
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  1. To struggle hand to hand with an opponent in an attempt to throw or force him or her to the ground without striking blows
  2. To struggle (with a problem, an opposing force, etc.)
  3. To struggle or fight with by wrestling; wrestle with
To change the shape of (a structure, such as a wall) by applying lath and plaster or boarding.
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  1. To change the shape of (a structure, such as a wall) by applying lath and plaster or boarding.
  2. (--- Sports) To block (a competitor or opponent) from advancing, especially to hinder an opponent from getting a rebound in basketball by placing oneself between the opponent and the basket:
  3. To limit the activity or influence of by or as if by creating a restrictive structure or outlining a territory:
To fight with an opponent in a short bout or practice session, as in boxing or the martial arts.
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  1. To fight with an opponent in a short bout or practice session, as in boxing or the martial arts.
  2. To bandy words about in argument; dispute.
  3. To box with jabbing or feinting movements, landing few heavy blows, as in exhibition or practice matches
To engage in a minor battle or dispute.
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  1. To engage in a minor battle or dispute.
  2. To take part in a skirmish
To argue; dispute
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  1. To argue; dispute
  2. To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
  3. To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set:
To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
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  1. To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
  2. To engage in a bad-tempered quarrel, often in a petty manner over something trivial; squabble.
  3. To have a petty quarrel; squabble
To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle
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  1. To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle
  2. To engage in a bad-tempered argument, often over a trivial matter; bicker.
To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
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  1. To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
  2. To strive against; resist:
  3. To strive to gain or win; struggle over:
To convey in or on a boat, etc. propelled in this way
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  1. To convey in or on a boat, etc. propelled in this way
  2. To take part in a noisy quarrel or disturbance.
  3. To use (oarsmen, a stroke, etc. as specified) in rowing, esp. in a race
To oppose actively and forcefully.
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  1. To oppose actively and forcefully.
  2. To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
  3. To fight a duel with (a person or persons)
To engage in a joust
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  1. To engage in a joust
  2. To engage in a personal combat or competition.
  3. To engage in mounted combat with lances; tilt.
To cause to be advantageous to one party rather than another:
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  1. To cause to be advantageous to one party rather than another:
  2. To dispute, argue, contend, attack, etc.
  3. To engage in a combat or struggle; fight:
To enter into, or be in, rivalry; contend; vie
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  1. To enter into, or be in, rivalry; contend; vie
  2. To strive against another or others to attain a goal, such as an advantage or victory.
To struggle for superiority (with someone) or enter into competition (for something); compete
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  1. To struggle for superiority (with someone) or enter into competition (for something); compete
  2. To do or produce in emulation, competition, or rivalry; to put in competition; to bandy.
  3. To stake a sum of money upon a hand of cards, as in the old game of gleek. See revie.
To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage:
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  1. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage:
  2. (Informal) To enter into argument, dispute, or conflict:
  3. (Informal) To fight, quarrel, or argue
(Idiomatic) to go out onto the playing field
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  1. (Idiomatic) to go out onto the playing field
To break down into parts for disposal or salvage:
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  1. To break down into parts for disposal or salvage:
  2. To fight, usually with the fists.
  3. To fight or quarrel
To bother or harass:
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  1. To bother or harass:
  2. To argue or fight:
  3. To annoy, harass, etc.
(Idiomatic) To come into conflict.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To come into conflict.
To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
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  1. To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
  2. To put forth reasons for or against something:
  3. To have a disagreement; quarrel; dispute
To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
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  1. To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
  2. To engage in a bad-tempered quarrel, often in a petty manner over something trivial; squabble.
  3. To have a petty quarrel; squabble
To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
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  1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
  2. To hold to be a fact; assert
  3. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
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  1. To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
  2. To argue; debate
  3. To quarrel angrily.
To find fault or disagree:
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  1. To find fault or disagree:
  2. To have a heated dispute or disagreement, often, specif., with a resultant breach in friendship
  3. To engage in a quarrel; dispute angrily.
To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
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  1. To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
  2. To evade the truth of a point under discussion by caviling; resort to a quibble
To strike with a quick, slapping sound
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  1. To strike with a quick, slapping sound
  2. To engage in a brief quarrel.
  3. (Informal) To engage in a spat, or quarrel
To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle
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  1. To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle
  2. To engage in a bad-tempered argument, often over a trivial matter; bicker.
(Obsolete) To deck out; to dress.
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  1. (Obsolete) To deck out; to dress.
  2. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
  3. To quarrel.
To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set:
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  1. To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set:
  2. To quarrel noisily or angrily.
  3. To argue; dispute
To argue or fight:
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  1. To argue or fight:
  2. To annoy, harass, etc.
  3. To have a hassle
To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage:
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  1. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage:
  2. To be or become entangled.
  3. (Informal) To fight, quarrel, or argue
To take part in a battle; fight
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