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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A noisy disorderly quarrel, fight, brawl, disturbance or scrap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An uproar; a noisy quarrel; a disturbance; a brawl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A disorderly noise or uproar; a brawl or noisy quarrel; a disturbance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. noisy quarrel


French, from Italian fracasso, from fracassare, to make an uproar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fracas, from Italian fracasso, from fracassare, from Latin infra- + Italian cassare, from Latin quassare. (Wiktionary)



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    February 5, 2011