[frey-kuh s; British frak-ah] /ˈfreɪ kəs; British ˈfræk ɑ/

a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.
a noisy quarrel; brawl

1727, from French fracas (15c.), from Italian fracasso “uproar, crash,” back-formation from fracassare “to smash, crash, break in pieces,” from fra-, a shortening of Latin infra “below” + Italian cassare “to break,” from Latin quassare “to shake” (see quash).


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