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fracas

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The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
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English

Etymology

From French fracas, from [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] fracasso, from fracassare, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] infra- + Vulgar Latin cassare, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] cassus.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈfɹakɑː/, /ˈfɹakəs/

Noun

Singular
fracas

Plural
fracases

fracas (fracases)
  1. A noisy disorderly quarrel, fight, brawl, disturbance or scrap.
    • 1989, Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, Faber 1999, paperback edition, p. 16,
      And I recall also some years ago, Mr Rayne, who travelled to America as valet to Sir Reginals Mauvis, remarking that a taxi driver in New York regularly addressed his fare in a manner which if repeated in London would end in some sort of fracas, if not in the fellow being frogmarched to the nearest police station.
    • 1964, Philip K. Dick, The Simulacra, Vintage Books 2002, paperback edition, p. 37,
      The Oregon-Northern California region had lost much of its population during the fracas of 1980; it had been heavily hit by Red Chinese guided missiles, and of course the clouds of fallout had blanketed it in the subsequent decade.

Translations


French

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:it derivations]] fracasso.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /fʁaka/

Noun

fracas m. (plural fracas)

  1. crash
  2. din, roar

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