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fisticuffs

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A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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fisticuffs

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fisticuffs (-)
  1. Plural form of fisticuff.
  2. (plurale tantum, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, and Other Papers, "Virginibus Puerisque,"
      People who share a cell in the Basti[l]le [] if they do not immediately fall to fisticuffs, will find some possible ground of compromise.
    • 1890, Edmondo de Amicis translated by Caroline Tilton, Holland and Its People, Chapter XII
      [] , his head all scarred with the sticks and fisticuffs which he had got in the taverns at Utrecht, []
  3. (plurale tantum, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding.

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