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free-for-all

  
     ( free-for-alls    plural  )
1       n-sing   A free-for-all is a situation in which several people or groups are trying to get something for themselves and there are no controls on how they do it.  
2       n-count   A free-for-all is a disorganized fight or argument which lots of people join in.  
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free-for-all

  
  
affray     (Law)   bagarre, brawl, donnybrook, dust-up     (informal)   fight, fracas, melee or mêlée, riot, row, scrimmage, shindig     (informal)   shindy     (informal)  

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