Marked by roughness, violence, and acrimony: a knockdown-dragout fight. (adjective)
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Use "knockdown-dragout" in a sentence
"CROWLEY: It was not the knockdown-dragout so many predicted, but it was pointed."
"So if we didn't get the knockdown-dragout that some expected last night, was the debate at least smart, pointed?"
"Sometimes, it's fun to just get into a knockdown-dragout verbal brawl."