noun /ˈfɹækɑː,ˈfɹeɪkəs/

And I recall also some years ago, Mr Rayne, who travelled to America as valet to Sir Reginals Mauvis, remarking that a taxi driver in New York regularly addressed his fare in a manner which if repeated in London would end in some sort of fracas, if not in the fellow being frogmarched to the nearest police station.

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  • fracas — [ fraka ] n. m. • 1475 « rupture violente »; it. fracasso → fracasser 1 ♦ Bruit qui résulte d une rupture violente, de chocs; par ext. Bruit violent. Le fracas de l orage, des vagues. ⇒ vacarme. Le jeune homme « laissa tout tomber par terre, avec …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fracas — FRACAS. s. m. Rupture, ou fracture avec bruit & violence. Horrible fracas. espouventable fracas. grand fracas. estrange fracas. le vent a fait un grand fracas dans cette forest. le tonnerre a tombé sur une Eglise & a fait un grand fracas. Il se… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Fracas — est un parfum créé en 1948 par Robert Piguet. Ce parfum a comme base, une solifleur blanche, la tubéreuse qui est un « parfum en soi, enivrant, qui dégage une personnalité unique ». L écrivain Colette écrivit au sujet de ce parfum  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fracas — 1727, from Fr. fracas (15c.), from It. fracasso uproar, crash, back formation from fracassare to smash, crash, break in pieces, from fra , aphetic of L. infra below + It. cassare to break, from L. quassare to shake (see QUASH (Cf. quash …   Etymology dictionary

  • fracas — meaning ‘a noisy disturbance’, is pronounced frak ah in BrE and fray kǝs in AmE. Its plural form is also fracas, pronounced frak ahz and fray kǝs respectively …   Modern English usage

  • Fracas — Fra cas (fr[=a] kas; F. fr[.a] k[aum] ; 277), n. [F., crash, din, tumult, It. fracasso, fr. fracassare to break in pieces, perh. fr. fra within, among (L. infra) + cassare to annul, cashier. Cf. {Cashier}, v. t.] An uproar; a noisy quarrel; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fracas — I noun affray, altercation, battle, bickering, blows, brawl, breach of the peace, broil, clash, commotion, conflict, contention, disagreement, discord, dispute, dissension, disturbance, fight, fray, fuss, jangle, jar, melee, noisy quarrel,… …   Law dictionary

  • fracas — *brawl, broil, melee, row, rumpus, scrap Analogous words: fray, affray, fight, conflict, combat, Contest: altercation, wrangle, *quarrel, squabble: contention, dissension, strife, Oiscord …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fracas — [n] disturbance, fight affray, altercation, battle, battle royal*, bickering, brawl, broil*, brouhaha, dispute, donnybrook*, feud, flap*, fray, free for all*, hassle, knock down dragout*, melee, mix up*, quarrel, riot, row, ruction, ruffle,… …   New thesaurus

  • fracas — ► NOUN (pl. same or or US fracases) ▪ a noisy disturbance or quarrel. ORIGIN French, from Italian fracassare make an uproar …   English terms dictionary

  • fracas — [frā′kəs, fra′kəs; ] Brit [ fra′kä΄] n. [Fr < It fracasso < fracassare, to smash, prob. blend < frangere (< L: see BREAK) + cassare, to quash, break < L quassare: see QUASH2] a noisy fight or loud quarrel; brawl …   English World dictionary

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