Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to scuffle: busier
References in classic literature ?
The youth and his friend had a small scuffle over the flag.
The cries which the police officer repeated twenty times: "In the king's name," were powerless against this formidable multitude -- seemed, on the contrary, to exasperate it still more; when, at the shout, "In the name of the king," an officer ran up, and seeing the uniforms ill-treated, he sprang into the scuffle sword in hand, and brought unexpected help to the guards.
Monk, there will be a bit of scuffle, I should think.
In a furious scuffle of the kind, one of the sons got the old man upon the ground, and was upon the point of scalping him.
cried half a dozen old workers with worn wings and nerves, and there was a scuffle and a hum.
He danced round them with lowered shoulders and quivering hand, ready to send in a double blow when the first flurry of the scuffle should be over; but while he waited the strength seemed to ebb from his body, the knife-point lowered, and he sheathed the knife and watched.
I lent a helping hand; and, in a trice we had the box upon the table, in the midst of all the bottles and glasses, not a few of which were demolished in the scuffle.
At his fall the guardsmen took to their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to attend to the injured man.
A scuffle broke out in the back benches, and blows were freely exchanged among the medical students who crowded that part of the hall.
Dinner at Earl Dorm's was no lunch-counter scuffle.
He dogs the fellow, he sees him enter a house, he waits outside for him, and in the scuffle he receives his own death-wound.
For some minutes up there the two crossing lines of ships looked so close it seemed like a hand-to-hand scuffle in the sky.