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On this Wednesday's Survivor, Jeff Probst called one of the challenges as a "four way duel."

Now, obviously, this is wrong because a duel is between two opponents, but is there a term referring to a fight between four opponents?

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    Uno, duo, tre, quattro. Could it be a quarrel? Or a quattrel? – Peter Shor May 7 '11 at 2:59
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It would probably be best to say "a four-way contest".

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Why, it's a squirmish of course!

  • You should really post the proper word as well: "Scaramouche". No, that doesn't sound right. (it's "Skirmish") – Phoenix May 6 '11 at 13:49
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    Etymologically, I think I'd further transmogrify that to "squarmish". Then "squintmish" for five, "shexmish" for six... – PSU May 6 '11 at 13:51
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In French and Italian they say quadrangular but that did not catch up in English I believe.

Although you have a number of hits for quadrangular fight, a possible reference to wrestling or other "ring" combat sports.

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Or a "four-way battle". Or simply just "battle" would do..

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To quote wikipedia:

Battle royal (plural battles royal) traditionally refers to a fight involving three or more combatants that is fought until only one fighter remains standing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Royal

"Battle Royale" is a Japanese novel that has had many adaptations.

  • Well, you may not actually have answered the question, but that's certainly an interesting path you've taken me half-way down. If we allow that imperial is higher up the pecking order than royal, perhaps we could coin the neologism Battle imperial. – FumbleFingers May 6 '11 at 23:44

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