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stoush /staʊʃ/   

(countable noun) Usage note: This term is used by many speakers.

A physical or verbal battle or contest.

Example: The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has reignited a stoush between the states, with NSW and South Australia trading blows over a $25 million funding announcement by federal Labor. (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/murray-darling-basin-plan-stoush-over-federal-funding/story-fn59niix-1226706976706) 

Two people having a stoush

(photo by Julia Miller)