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fracas n : noisy quarrel [syn: affray, altercation]

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Via French, from fracasso, from fracassare, from Latin infra- + Vulgar Latin cassare, from Latin cassus


  • a RP /ˈfɹækʌs/


  1. a noisy disorderly quarrel, fight, brawl, disturbance or scrap
    • 1989, Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, Faber 1999, paperback edition, page 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.''


a noisy disorderly quarrel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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