1. (often initial capital letter) an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all
The crime reporter told the story in a high-pitched nasal voice that was nearly as grating as the sound of the donnybrook the Dunphys' were having downstairs.
-- Scott Phillips, The Adjustment, 2011
Donnybrook came to English in the mid-1800s and references the types of brawls commonly seen at the Donnybrook Fair, held in the Donnybrook district of Dublin, Ireland.
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