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 for scuffle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scuffle \Scuf"fle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scuffled; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Scuffling.] [Freq. of scuff, v.i.; cf. Sw. skuffa to
     push, shove, skuff a push, Dan. skuffe a drawer, a shovel,
     and E. shuffle, shove. See Shove, and cf. Shuffle.]
     1. To strive or struggle with a close grapple; to wrestle in
        a rough fashion.
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     2. Hence, to strive or contend tumultuously; to struggle
        confusedly or at haphazard.
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              A gallant man had rather fight to great disadvantage
              in the field, in an orderly way, than scuffle with
              an undisciplined rabble.              --Eikon
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scuffle \Scuf"fle\, n.
     1. A rough, haphazard struggle, or trial of strength; a
        disorderly wrestling at close quarters.
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     2. Hence, a confused contest; a tumultuous struggle for
        superiority; a fight.
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              The dog leaps upon the serpent, and tears it to
              pieces; but in the scuffle the cradle happened to be
              overturned.                           --L'Estrange.
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     3. A child's pinafore or bib. [Prov. Eng.]
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     4. A garden hoe. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: disorderly fighting [syn: hassle, scuffle, tussle,
           dogfight, rough-and-tumble]
      2: a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling [syn:
         scuffle, scuffle hoe, Dutch hoe]
      3: an unceremonious and disorganized struggle [syn: scramble,
      v 1: walk by dragging one's feet; "he shuffled out of the room";
           "We heard his feet shuffling down the hall" [syn:
           shuffle, scuffle, shamble]
      2: fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters; "the
         drunken men started to scuffle" [syn: scuffle, tussle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  149 Moby Thesaurus words for "scuffle":
     action, aerial combat, affray, agonize, amble, armored combat,
     barge, battle, battle royal, bobbery, bowl along, box, brawl,
     broil, brush, buffet, bullfight, bundle, clash, clash of arms,
     close, clump, cockfight, collide, combat, come to blows, conflict,
     contend, contest, cuff, cut and thrust, dogfight, drag, duel,
     embroilment, exchange blows, exchange of blows, fence, feud, fight,
     fight a duel, fire fight, flounce, foot, footslog, fracas, fray,
     give and take, give satisfaction, grapple, grapple with,
     ground combat, grunt and sweat, halt, hand-to-hand combat,
     hand-to-hand fight, hassle, hippety-hop, hitch, hobble, hop,
     house-to-house combat, huff and puff, jog, jolt, jostle, joust,
     jump, limp, lumber, lunge, lurch, mince, mix it up, naval combat,
     pace, paddle, passage of arms, peg, piaffe, piaffer,
     pitched battle, plod, prance, quarrel, rack, rassle, riot, roll,
     row, rumble, run a tilt, running fight, sashay, saunter, scramble,
     scrap, scrimmage, scuff, scuttle, set-to, shamble, shovel,
     shoving match, shuffle, sidle, single-foot, skip, skirmish, slink,
     slither, slog, slouch, spar, stagger, stalk, stamp, stand-up fight,
     stomp, straddle, straggle, street fight, stride, strive, stroll,
     struggle, strut, stump, swagger, swing, tauromachy,
     thrust and parry, tilt, tittup, toddle, totter, tourney, traipse,
     trip, trudge, tug-of-war, tussle, waddle, wage war, wamble, war,
     wiggle, wobble, wrestle

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