How’d you like a knuckle sandwich?
How’d you like a punch in the nose?
I oughta knock your block off!
Watch it, Buster, or you’ll wake up with a crowd around ya!
We watch a lot of old movies that were made in the 1930s to 1950s. Frequently disputes are solved with fists, often with some sort of warning as above. Of course, astronaut ‘Buzz’ Aldrin famously punched a guy who called him a coward, a liar, and a thief to his face.
Nowadays punching someone would be assault, and you’re likely to be arrested. Or someone will pull a knife or a gun and someone gets dead. How prevalent was giving someone a poke in the snot locker, without escalation to the use of deadly force or the involvement of law enforcement, back in the olden days?