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a noisy fight

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affray - brawl

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An ‘affray’ is a loud and violent brawl between two or more people in a public place that causes a disturbance of the peace. It is a formal, chiefly British word that is commonly used in relation to the law as it is a criminal offence to engage in such behaviour. Often connected to some form of intoxication.

Synonyms donnybrook
Antonyms unanimity

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  1. All those who were involved in the violent brawl outside the nightclub were subsequently charged with affray.

  2. Simon could well be facing a prison sentence after admitting affray and criminal damage. His sole defence is that he was very drunk at the time.

  3. The candidate impressed in the job interview, but the company decided not to hire her because she has a conviction for affray on her record.

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