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Meaning of free-for-all

free-for-all

Pronunciation: (frē'fur-ôl"), [key]
— n.
  1. a fight, argument, contest, etc., open to everyone and usually without rules.
  2. any competition or contested situation that is disordered, impulsive, or out of control: a free-for-all at the buffet table.
  3. any enterprise or field of endeavor in which various companies, countries, participants, etc., compete without restriction: a price-cutting free-for-all among local stores.
—adj.
  1. open to everyone.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.