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Definition of free-for-all noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

free-for-all

noun
free-for-all pronunciation American
[singular]
 
1 a noisy fight or argument in which a lot of people take partPrompt action by prison staff prevented a violent free-for-all.2 a situation in which there are no rules or controls and everyone acts for their own advantageThe lowering of trade barriers has led to a free-for-all among exporters.a price-cutting free-for-all