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Fightingof beggars; a company of beggars—Bk of St. Albans, 1486.
See Also: ARGUMENTS
- Defend like a dog —Lopez Portillo
The former Mexican president’s simile to describe how he would defend the peso gave his countrymen cause for anger and ridicule, often expressed by barking at him in public places.
- (Self-dependent power can time) defy as rocks resist the billowes and the sky —Oliver Goldsmith
- Fierce strife … stirs one’s old Saxon fighting blood, like the tales of “knights who fought ‘gainst fearful odds” that thrilled us in our schoolboy days —Jerome K. Jerome
- Fight as one weary of his life —William Shakespeare
- Fight [death]… body and breath, till my life runs out like water —Stephen Vincent Benét
- Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as heroes —Margaret Mitchell
- Fighting like a wounded puma —George F. Will
Will used the wounded puma simile to describe Richard Nixon’s battle during the Watergate scandal.
- Fight like devils —William Shakespeare
- Fight … like lions wanting food —William Shakespeare
- Fights fierce as duels —Anon
- Fought like a pagan who defends his religion —Stephen Crane
- Fought like one boxer and his punching bag … like mismatched twins —Erica Jong
- Just when the opponents seem ready to slug each other into senselessness, they clinch and go into a clumsy waltz, like boxers in a comic film —Leonard Silk, New York Times/Economic Scene, April 22, 1987
Silk’s reference is to combatants in strained financial markets.
- Like sailors fighting with a leak we fought mortality —Emily Dickinson
- A quarrel between man and wife is like cutting water with a sword —Chinese proverb
|Noun||1.||fighting - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"|
gunfight, gunplay, shootout - a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
conflict, struggle, battle - an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
close-quarter fighting - hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters
dogfight - a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling)
fencing - the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
in-fighting - conflict between members of the same organization (usually concealed from outsiders)
set-to - a brief but vigorous fight
shock, impact - the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle"
affaire d'honneur, duel - a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
blow - a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
single combat - a fight between two people; "in all armies there were officers who needed to prove their bravery by single combat"
|Adj.||1.||fighting - engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"|
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
operational - (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations
he hates fighting → odia las peleas
see also street B
this treatment at least gives her a fighting chance → este tratamiento le da al menos una posibilidad
fighting cock N → gallo m de pelea
fighting dog N → perro m de pelea
fighting force N → fuerza f de combate
fighting line N → frente m de combate
fighting man N → guerrero m, soldado m
fighting spirit N → espíritu m de lucha, combatividad f
fighting strength N → número m de soldados (listos para el combate)
fighting talk N the Prime Minister's fighting talk at the Rome summit → las declaraciones de tono beligerante que hizo el Primer Ministro en la cumbre de Roma
this is typical fighting talk from the defending champion → ésta es una típica bravuconada del actual campeón
Fighting broke out outside the pub → Des bagarres ont éclaté devant le pub.fighting chance n (= reasonable chance) to have a fighting chance → avoir une chance raisonnable
to have a fighting chance of sth → avoir ses chances de qch
to have a fighting chance of doing sth → avoir sa chance de faire qchfighting fit adj (British) [person] → en pleine formefighting spirit n → combativité f