When your neighbors down the hall have a screaming match over who forgot to take out the garbage, this is an example of a fracas.
Origin of fracasFrench from Italian fracasso from fracassare, to smash, probably blend from frangere ( from L: see break) + cassare, to quash, break from Classical Latin quassare: see quash
Origin of fracasFrench from Italian fracasso from fracassare to make an uproar
Usage Note: The traditional pronunciation of fracas has a long a in the first syllable, rhyming roughly with “break us.” In the 2015 survey, only 59 percent of the Usage Panel found this pronunciation acceptable, and barely a third of the Panel preferred it. The pronunciation with a short a in the first syllable, rhyming roughly with “track us,” is acceptable to 81 percent of the Panel and is in fact preferred by two-thirds of it, offering another example of how the pronunciation of a word can shift over time.