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    Default Help: Duke It Out

    what does this mean?
    Give me a example, that will be helpful.

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    Default Re: Help: Duke It Out

    Quote Originally Posted by youbet_agian
    what does this mean?
    Give me a example, that will be helpful.

    Thx
    The team of Duke University did not make the cut to move on to the next game. They did not win.

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    Default Re: Help: Duke It Out

    Dukes is slang for fists. Therefore, "to duke it out" is to have a fistfight either literally or figuratively.

    The drunker they got, the more hostile they became. Finally, they went outside to duke it out. (hit each other with their fists)

    If they don't give you a refund right away, you'll have to duke it out with the manager. (have a verbal confrontation)

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    Default Re: Help: Duke It Out

    Then the once-popular old school video game "Duke Nukem" probably meant... beat'em and Nuke'em?
    Last edited by HaraKiriBlade; 30-Jul-2005 at 16:13.

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    Default Re: Help: Duke It Out

    Sorry, no. As a proper noun duke refers to the hereditary title (real or imaginary). As a common noun meaning fists I have only heard it in the plural, and then only when referring to fist fighting. i.e. "Put up your dukes." (Get ready to fight) This expression and usage is rarely used by English speakers today. The only common usage in contemporary American English is "duke it out."

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    Default Re: Help: Duke It Out

    Interesting- I've never heard 'duke it out' in the UK.

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