a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged.
a heated argument:
After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal.
A faceless person casually explains that, since he has “to be there anyway,” he “might as well take part in the battle royal.”
American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60 Nathaniel Rich June 27, 2012
She went and sat on the sand bank by her side and explained to her how the battle royal started and what fun it had been.
A House Party with the Tucker Twins Nell Speed
Her head went down and her back humped, and she settled to a battle royal.
The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
A kicked ball had been fumbled on the goal line and there was a battle royal on the part of the players to get the coveted ball.
Football Days William H. Edwards
When we leave, there will be a battle royal between them and the buzzards for the beef.
The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
Then, with Hinkey growing rapidly angrier and putting forth more strength, there was battle royal.
Uncle Sam’s Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
Two dogs would rush in and start a battle royal on the floor.
Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
His request was granted, and a battle royal was to mark the second half of the day.
The Price of the Prairie Margaret Hill McCarter
But that a battle royal was imminent, was believed on all sides.
Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
But the lad’s jealousy and his love for Steering were in battle royal now, and Piney kept far from his hero, on the misty hills.
Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
a fight, esp with fists or cudgels, involving more than two combatants; melee
a long violent argument
A general quarrel or fight; brannigan, donnybrook: What began as a mild disagreement escalated into a battle royal (1670s+)
capable of engaging in combat; ready for battle: a decline in the nation’s battleworthy forces.
noun the coach that transports politicians and their advisers round the country during an election campaign
- Battledore and shuttlecock
Also called battledore and shuttlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries. a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game. a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child’s primer. to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore […]
a state of the U.S. in which the Democratic and Republican candidates both have a good chance of winning: the swing states of Ohio and Indiana.