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scrimmage (n.)

sometimes also scrummage, late 15c., alteration of skirmish (n.). Meaning in rugby and U.S. football dates from 1857, originally "a confused struggle between players."

scrimmage (v.)

1825, "quarrel, argue," from scrimmage (n.). Team sports sense is from 1881. Related: Scrimmaged; scrimmaging.

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Definitions of scrimmage
1
scrimmage (n.)
(American football) practice play between a football team's squads;
scrimmage (n.)
a noisy riotous fight;
Synonyms: melee / battle royal
2
scrimmage (v.)
practice playing (a sport);
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