donnybrook

[ don-ee-brook ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Mid 19th century

from the name of a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, formerly famous for its annual fair

Synonyms

  • battle royal
  • fight
  • fracas
  • fray
  • free-for-all
  • hoedown
  • melee
  • rhubarb
  • riot
  • row
  • rumble
  • shindig
  • slugfest
  • turmoil
  • uproar

Antonyms

  • agreement
  • calm
  • harmony
  • peace
  • quiet
  • truce
  • friendship
  • kindness

Definition

an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all

Example

The crowd cleared out quickly when a violent donnybrook broke out in the center.

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