knock-down, drag-out

knock-down, drag-out
/ˈnɒk-daʊn ˌdræg-aʊt/ (say 'nok-down .drag-owt)

adjective
characterised by unrestrained violence: it was a knock-down, drag-out fight.
Also, knockdown, dragout. {US colloquial phrase (1820s) to knock down and drag out meaning `to vanquish utterly'; hence knock-down and drag-out a free-for-all, rough-and-tumble fight}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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