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free-for-all

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfree-for-allˌfree-for-ˈall noun [singular] informal 🔊 🔊 1 a situation in which there is total freedom and anything can happen – used to show disapproval 🔊 the free-for-all of sexual activity in the 1970s2 FIGHTa noisy quarrel or fight involving a lot of people 🔊 A controversial penalty decision sparked a free-for-all at the end of the match.
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free-for-allAfter Mathews was attacked, a free-for-all broke out in the audience.The sheer number of cars creates a free-for-all on the city's potholed roads.Yet, within a few years, the whole affair had degenerated into a foodies' free-for-all.There is no room for social, political or historical questions, just an individual free-for-all in choosing which meanings to make.As the Internet free-for-all grows, it is becoming impossible for businesses to ignore.Yet legalisation should not be taken to mean a lawless free-for-all, with no restraint on the supply or use of drugs.But there will certainly not be another overnight free-for-all.Thus a theory of articulation does not mean that the musical field is a pluralistic free-for-all.The free-for-all of war had to be curtailed.
From Longman Business Dictionaryfree-for-allˌfree-for-ˈall noun [singular] disapprovingCOMMERCE a disorganized situation in which there are no rules or controls and many people or companies are competing togetherMany airlines were financially crippled by the free-for-all in the deregulated American market.
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