Geraldo Rivera's nose was broken in a set-to on his show on this day in 1988

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Set-to: A brief, usually heated conflict or argument

Common clues: Brief brawl; Fight; Rhubarb; Spat; Melee; Fistfight; Quick squabble; Altercation; Fracas; Brief tussle; Brouhaha; Heated conflict; Row; Dustup; Scrap

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Street fighting is a colloquial term used to denote unsanctioned, usually illegal, hand-to-hand fighting in public places, between individuals or groups of people.

Unlike sport fighting, a street fight might involve weapons, multiple opponents or revenge and has no rules. The venue is usually a public place, e.g. a street, and the fight often results in a serious injury or even death.

Penguins in a bit of a fracas

The main difference between street fighting and self-defense is, that a street fight is avoidable, whereas a self-defense situation is not. A typical scenario might involve two men arguing in a bar, then one suggests stepping outside where the fight commences. Thus, it is often possible to avoid the fight by backing off, while in self-defense, a person will not know they are about to be attacked until it happens.

In the martial arts community, street fighting and self-defense are often considered synonymous.

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