(plurale tantum, informal) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
* 1881 , ,"
* 1890 ,
- People who share a cell in the Basti[l]le if they do not immediately fall to fisticuffs , will find some possible ground of compromise.
(plurale tantum, sports, dated) Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding.
* 1870 ,
- In his college days of athletic exercises, Mr. Crisparkle had known professors of the Noble Art of fisticuffs ,
* brawl, fight, fist-fight, punch-up
* (bare-knuckled boxing) prizefighting