• WordNet 3.6
    • v scrimmage practice playing (a sport)
    • n scrimmage a noisy riotous fight
    • n scrimmage (American football) practice play between a football team's squads
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scrimmage Formerly, a skirmish; now, a general row or confused fight or struggle.
    • Scrimmage (Football) The struggle in the rush lines after the ball is put in play.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scrimmage A skirmish; a confused row or contest; a tussle.
    • n scrimmage Specifically, in foot-ball:
    • n scrimmage A confused, close struggle round the ball.
    • n scrimmage The act on the part of the two contesting teams of forming in opposing lines, and putting the ball in play.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scrimmage skrim′āj a skirmish: a general fight: a tussle.
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “Football strategy does not originate in a scrimmage: it is useless to expect solutions in a political campaign.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A corruption of skirmish,. “Sore scrymmishe.” Ld. Berners.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a corr. of skirmish.


In literature:

During this domestic scrimmage, Mrs.
"How to Cook Husbands" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
Yaas, many a scrimmage I had with old Cap.
"Far Past the Frontier" by James A. Braden
It is my business to keep posted on such scrimmages as you are engaged in.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
But the latter was round and easily slipped through Bert's fingers, and the scrimmage was playful, anyway.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
You lost a letter when that scrimmage took place between you and Stan in the Common Room.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
There's a purty lively scrimmage between the two.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
It means, generally, weight and height, an advantage in a scrimmage.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
But for this he might have slipped away unnoticed during the scrimmage.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
What's the use of drinking coffee Till we've put this scrimmage through?
"Cobwebs from a Library Corner" by John Kendrick Bangs
There have been scrimmages atween one or two of their outlyers and myself; but that is neither here nor there.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper

In poetry:

"God knows that for myself I've scanty care;
Past scrimmages have proved as much to all;
In Eastern lands and South I've had my share
Both of the blade and ball.
"The Colonel's Soliloquy" by Thomas Hardy
A scrimmage in a Border Station —
A canter down some dark defile —
Two thousand pounds of education
Drops to a ten-rupee jezail —
The Crammer's boast, the Squadron's pride,
Shot like a rabbit in a ride!
"Arithmetic on the Frontier" by Rudyard Kipling
Plain justice, yer Honor. I wonder I’m sober.
You know ‘ow it poured thro’ the whole of October,
Then floods in November –- an’ this ‘eathen image
Sez, “Rain enough for yeh?” That started the scrimmage.
"'Wet'" by C J Dennis
But William Henry Pryor--just in range of Sutter's fire--here
evinced a wild desire to do somebody harm,
And in the general scrimmage no one thought if Sutter's "image" was
a misplaced punctooation--like the hole in Pryor's arm.
"A Question Of Privilege" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Dylan Burton on a sledge hockey sled is having good time in the scrimmage.
Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger David Rowe said he knew today's scrimmage was going to be a good one for the defense.
For those who like to keep score, it was a 45-26 win for the Cabot Panthers over Lake Hamilton during their annual scrimmage game at Panther Stadium on Monday night.
Defense controls line in UTC scrimmage.
The Wildcats will host their annual Black-White intrasquad scrimmage at 6 pm Friday at Perdue Field.
Girls in the eight and under age group take part in some scrimmage action Saturday.
Matt Aiken injures knee during scrimmage.
Colorado Avalanche to stage public scrimmage at Air Force Academy .
Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen inviting all Aggies to first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning.
Pe'Shon Howard will take another step in his recovery from the knee injury that ended his 2011-12 season when he begins competing at full speed during practice scrimmages later this week.
The preseason scrimmages, Injury Fund contests, and last weekend's non-league openers are all history.
Valley Christian Academy showed glimpses of brilliance and areas of improvement in its jamboree-style football scrimmage Saturday.
BATON ROUGE, LA — Football Fan Fest begins a 3:00 pm and precedes the Jaguars final preseason scrimmage scheduled for 6:00 pm, one week before the Sept 1 season opener at Football Bowl Subdivision member New Mexico.
Hayden senior Paul Laliberte pulls up for a shot in the lane Saturday during a scrimmage against Steamboat Springs.
North Laurel got what it needed from a scrimmage with Boyle County Saturday.