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Re: "free-for-all"

Posted by R. Berg on October 07, 2006

In Reply to: "Free-for-all" posted by Greg on October 07, 2006

: What is the origin of the phrase "free-for-all"

Originally, a "race or competition" (Webster's 2nd, unabridged) that anyone is free to enter. Later, a fight that everyone joins in.