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Meaning of joust

joust

Pronunciation: ( joust, just, jst), [key]
— n.
  1. a combat in which two knights on horseback attempted to unhorse each other with blunted lances.
  2. this type of combat fought in a highly formalized manner as part of a tournament.
  3. tournament.
  4. a personal competition or struggle.
—v.i.
  1. to contend in a joust or tournament.
  2. to contend, compete, or struggle: The candidates will joust in a television debate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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