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A noisy quarrel or brawl.
tr.v. af·frayed, af·fray·ing, af·frays Archaic
[Middle English, from Old French effrei, esfrei, from esfraier, esfreer, to disturb; see prī- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Law) law a fight, noisy quarrel, or disturbance between two or more persons in a public place
(tr) archaic to frighten
[C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin exfridāre (unattested) to break the peace; compare German Friede peace]
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1. a public fight; a noisy quarrel; brawl.v.t.
2. Archaic. to frighten.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French afrayer]
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Past participle: affrayed
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|Noun||1.||affray - noisy quarrel |
dustup, quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words - an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
batrachomyomachia - a silly altercation
|2.||affray - a noisy fight|
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noun fight, mêlée, contest, set-to (informal), encounter, outbreak of violence, scrap, disturbance, feud, quarrel, brawl, skirmish, scuffle, free-for-all (informal), fracas, dogfight, tumult, shindig (informal), scrimmage, shindy (informal), bagarre (French) He caused an affray at a pub.
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affray[əˈfreɪ] n (British) (LAW) → échauffourée f, rixe f
He was charged with causing an affray → On l'a accusé d'avoir provoqué une rixe.
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n (esp Jur) → Schlägerei f
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affray[əˈfreɪ] n (Law) → rissa
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