"Ballroom brawl"

Chris F Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Mon Dec 18 15:33:38 UTC 2006

Jim Parish wrote:
> >From this morning's San Diego Union-Tribune:
> 'Said rookie tackle Marcus McNeill: We would be the first finesse team
> with an All-Pro running back. It's a double slap to the offensive line. We
> already don't get a lot of the credit. You're asking for a ballroom brawl.
> That's what you saw out there.'
> (For what it's worth, the first time I saw "barroom brawl" - in a James
> Thurber story - I interpreted "barroom" as a sound effect.)
A few hundred Google hits for "ballroom brawl". It appears to be the
name of a (professional?) boxing event, too.

Chris Waigl

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