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Modern MetaphorPlay
Used metaphorically to describe any contest or clash, not necessarily physical. SlideThe chefs' cook-off was a friendly culinary duel.
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Non-lethal ConnotationPlay
Modern usage implies competition, not an actual fight to the death. SlideThe debate became a duel of wits.
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Figurative BattlesPlay
Can be used to describe intense arguments or exchanges. SlideThe courtroom witnessed a legal duel between the lawyers.