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melee

An air battle in which several aircraft, both friend and foe, are confusingly intermingled.
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In the midst of the melee Marija recollected that she did not have her bankbook, and could not get her money anyway, so she fought her way out and started on a run for home.
The youth had to depend again upon his misused ears, which were trembling and buzzing from the melee of musketry and yells.
"Dirty work, dirty work," Billy muttered over and over; and, though he saw much that occurred, assisted by the friendly Irishman he was coolly and safely working Saxon back out of the melee.
The victors pushed their success to the opposite shore, and gained the solid ground in the melee of the fight.
But Uncas, who had vainly sought him in the melee, bounded forward in pursuit; Hawkeye, Heyward and David still pressing on his footsteps.
The MELEE became general, but strength was on the side of the Musketeers.
Newman is going to make a scene in public," she exclaimed, "I will take my poor child out of the melee. She is too young to see such naughtiness!" and she instantly resumed her walk.
Alfred Thayer Mahan, writing in an era in which the ram as the principal naval weapon was starting to be challenged by the long-range naval rifle, speculated on the relationship between melee and structured battle (the prevailing view then being that ram-induced melees were the proper form of battle).
During the day on Saturday and Sunday, there will be tournaments, mock battles and melees, when a knight's reputation and fortune was made or lost on the battlefield.
Visitors were treated to a day of medieval music, tomfoolery from the jesters, seeing how knights armoured up and melees between the knights and squires.
Rhyl's attacks were becoming increasingly desperate as a couple of goalmouth melees were cleared by the home defence.