Meaning of stoush in English:


Pronunciation /staʊʃ/


[with object] informal Australian, New Zealand
  • Hit; fight with.

    • ‘get out of that car while I stoush you’
    fight, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, exchange blows, come to blows, struggle, grapple, wrestle, scrimmage


informal Australian, New Zealand
  • A brawl or other fight.

    • ‘the prospect of the game deteriorating into a stoush always kept me hooked’
    • ‘What's the most bizarre stoush or fight that you've come across in your years of watching these kinds of conflicts?’
    • ‘It's been a year of predictable stoushes and controversies that seem to have come out of nowhere.’
    • ‘The stoush between the timber industry, the conservation movement and governments, which went on for decades, was supposed to be all sorted out by now.’
    • ‘There have been many occasions where his judgment has been called into question - especially his tendency to favour the right over moderates in internal stoushes.’
    • ‘As with most political stoushes, the numbers are all important.’
    • ‘They will take human form and start rowdy polling booth stoushes on election day.’
    • ‘Interestingly, this has now devolved into a potential stoush between the Mayor and his Deputy.’
    • ‘A stoush is brewing between state and territory governments and their federal counterpart, over yesterday's damning report into mental health.’
    • ‘The usual stoush over education guarantees the usual old left wing/right wing divide, arguments about po-mo, deconstruction, etc.’
    • ‘And, contrary to what some mothers will tell you at a dinner party, I don't think most people, both males and females, have a problem with the odd stoush on the footy field.’
    • ‘The diplomatic stoush over whaling is intensifying.’
    • ‘These are not your old-style employee-employer stoushes over wages, conditions and who shares the profits but a far more complex beast; Australian companies and workers attempting to survive in a world without economic borders.’
    • ‘For farming families - where assets, work, and lifestyle are all rolled into one - these types of legal stoushes can fundamentally destabilise a family's entire existence.’
    • ‘Of course, I can imagine that governments and members of the Bench will always be involved in public stoushes about what that area actually means, and what it doesn't mean.’
    • ‘As I say, for many years I was an employer in the association of waterfront employers, and we had some right stoushes, I can tell members.’
    • ‘I'd noticed something similar during a number of stoushes on censorship.’
    • ‘We'll be looking at a legal stoush over the ownership of six paintings by Gustav Klimt, currently the property of the Austrian government.’
    • ‘Their target is the unacceptable face of global capitalism, and their biggest stoush to date was seen on the streets of Seattle last December.’
    • ‘We love a stoush as much as the next political junkie, but the performance of these two in the past week has crossed the threshold into boorishness.’
    • ‘By jingo, there are some good stoushes between media and governments at the moment.’
    fight, fist fight, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, fracas, scrimmage, fray, melee, rumpus, altercation, wrangle, clash, free-for-all, scrum, brouhaha, commotion, uproar


Late 19th century of unknown origin.