scrimmage

Pronunciation /ˈskrimij/ /ˈskrɪmɪdʒ/
noun
A confused struggle or fight.

Origin
sometimes also scrummage, late 15c., alteration of skirmish (n.). Meaning in rugby and U.S. football dates from 1857, originally “a confused struggle between players.”

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Though each scrimmage looked confused, the team’s offense knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish. The defense intended to derail their plans.

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