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pugilism(pyo͞o`jəlĭz'əm): see boxingboxing,
sport of fighting with fists, also called pugilism and prizefighting. Early History
Depicted on the walls of tombs at Beni Hasan in Egypt, dating from about 2000 to 1500 B.C., boxing is one of the oldest forms of competition.
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lower-class Philadelphia boxer wins golden opportunity to fight in prize bout. [Am. Cinema: Rocky]
prizefighter; gives up boxing for wealthy lady. [Br. Lit.: Cashel Byron’s Profession]
one of Aeneas’s companions; noted for his boxing skill. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
powerful Sicilian boxer; won match for Anchises against Dares. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
great boxer; killed at own game by challenger, Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 97]
Great White Hope
violinist turns boxer for fame, wealth. [Am. Lit.: Golden Boy]
1910 personification of white peoples’ aspirations for a white heavyweight champion. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
Queensberry, Marquis of
comicdom’s great white hope. [Comics: Horn, 343–344]
(Sir John Douglas, 1844–1900) established basic rules of boxing. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2257]
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