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fight

 (fīt)
v. fought (fôt), fight·ing, fights
v.intr.
1.
a. To attempt to harm or gain power over an adversary by blows or with weapons.
b. Sports To engage in a boxing match.
2. To engage in a quarrel; argue: They are always fighting about money.
3. To strive vigorously and resolutely, as in trying to overcome something; contend: fought against graft; fighting for her rights. See Synonyms at oppose.
v.tr.
1.
a. To contend with or oppose with violence or in battle.
b. To wage or carry on (a battle).
c. To contend for, as by combat: "I now resolved that Calais should be fought to the death" (Winston S. Churchill).
2.
a. Sports To box against (an opponent).
b. To participate in (a boxing match or other similar contest).
c. To cause (a boxer or other contestant) to fight in a match.
3.
a. To contend with or struggle against: fought his boss over every penny; fought temptation.
b. To try to prevent the development or success of: fought the attempt to close the school.
c. To try to extinguish (an uncontrolled fire).
4. To make (one's way) by struggle or striving: fought my way to the top.
n.
1. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
2.
a. A physical conflict between two or more individuals.
b. Sports A boxing match.
3. A quarrel or conflict: newlyweds having a fight over chores.
4. A struggle to achieve an objective: a fight for the attainment of civil rights.
5. The power or inclination to fight; pugnacity: I just didn't have any fight left in me.
Phrasal Verb:
fight off
1. To defend against or drive back (a hostile force, for example).
2. Baseball To hit (a pitch) into foul territory, especially in an effort to avoid being struck out.
Idioms:
fight fire with fire
To combat one evil or one set of negative circumstances by reacting in kind.
fight shy of
To avoid meeting or confronting.

[Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan, fihtan.]

fight′a·bil′i·ty n.
fight′a·ble adj.
fight′ing·ly adv.

Fighting

 of beggars; a company of beggars—Bk of St. Albans, 1486.

Fighting

 

See Also: ARGUMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. (Self-dependent power can time) defy as rocks resist the billowes and the sky —Oliver Goldsmith
  3. 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
  4. Fight as one weary of his life —William Shakespeare
  5. Fight [death]… body and breath, till my life runs out like water —Stephen Vincent Benét
  6. Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as heroes —Margaret Mitchell
  7. Fighting like a wounded puma —George F. Will

    Will used the wounded puma simile to describe Richard Nixon’s battle during the Watergate scandal.

  8. Fight like devils —William Shakespeare
  9. Fight … like lions wanting food —William Shakespeare
  10. Fights fierce as duels —Anon
  11. Fought like a pagan who defends his religion —Stephen Crane
  12. Fought like one boxer and his punching bag … like mismatched twins —Erica Jong
  13. 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.

  14. Like sailors fighting with a leak we fought mortality —Emily Dickinson
  15. A quarrel between man and wife is like cutting water with a sword —Chinese proverb
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Fighting - the act of fightingfighting - 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"
encounter, skirmish, clash, brush - a minor short-term fight
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"
rough-and-tumble, scuffle, tussle, dogfight, hassle - disorderly fighting
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"
fistfight, fisticuffs, slugfest - a fight with bare fists
battering, banging - the act of subjecting to strong attack
beating, whipping - the act of overcoming or outdoing
fray, affray, ruffle, disturbance - a noisy fight
free-for-all, brawl - a noisy fight in a crowd
cut-and-thrust, knife fight, snickersnee - fighting with knives
gang fight, rumble - a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
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 operationsfighting - 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

fighting

noun battle, war, conflict, combat, hostilities, warfare, bloodshed More than 900 people have died in the fighting.
Translations
boj
kamp
taisteleminen
borba
戦い
싸움
vojskovanje
slagsmål
การต่อสู้
cuộc chiến

fighting

[ˈfaɪtɪŋ]
A. N (between troops, armies) → enfrentamientos mpl; (between individuals) (lit, fig) → peleas fpl
he hates fightingodia las peleas
see also street B
B. ADJ we still have a fighting chance of beating themaún tenemos una buena posibilidad de vencerlos
this treatment at least gives her a fighting chanceeste tratamiento le da al menos una posibilidad
C. ADV to be fighting fitestar en plena forma
D. CPD fighting bull Ntoro m de lidia
fighting cock Ngallo m de pelea
fighting dog Nperro m de pelea
fighting force Nfuerza f de combate
fighting line Nfrente m de combate
fighting man Nguerrero m, soldado m
fighting spirit Nespíritu m de lucha, combatividad f
fighting strength Nnúmero m de soldados (listos para el combate)
fighting talk N the Prime Minister's fighting talk at the Rome summitlas declaraciones de tono beligerante que hizo el Primer Ministro en la cumbre de Roma
this is typical fighting talk from the defending championésta es una típica bravuconada del actual campeón

fighting

[ˈfaɪtɪŋ] n
(= warfare) → combats mpl
(= brawling) → bagarres fpl
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 ncombativité f

fighting

n (Mil) → Kampf m, → Gefecht nt; (= punch-ups, scrapping etc)Prügeleien pl, → Raufereien pl; (= arguments between husband and wife etc)Streit m, → Zank m; fighting broke outKämpfe brachen aus ? street fighting
adj attr personkämpferisch, streitlustig; fighting troops, fighting forcesKampftruppen pl; fighting lineFront f; fighting manKrieger m, → Kämpfer m; fighting strength (Mil) → Kampf- or Einsatzstärke f

fighting

:
fighting dog
nKampfhund m
fighting chance
nfaire Chancen pl; he’s in with or he has a fighting (of winning)er hat eine Chance (zu gewinnen), wenn er sich anstrengt; at least that gives you a fightingdamit hast du wenigstens eine Chance
fighting cock
n (lit, fig)Kampfhahn m
fighting fit
adj (Brit inf) → topfit (inf)
fighting spirit
nKampfgeist m; to have tremendous fightingungeheuren Kampfgeist haben
fighting weight
n (Boxing) → Kampfgewicht nt

fighting

[ˈfaɪtɪŋ]
1. n (Mil) → combattimento; (in streets) → scontri mpl; (in pub) → risse fpl, zuffe fpl
2. adj (forces, strength, troops) → da combattimento
fighting spirit → spirito combattivo
a fighting chance → una buona probabilità

Fighting

قِتَال boj kamp Kämpfen τσακωμός enfrentamientos, peleas taisteleminen combat borba combattimento 戦い 싸움 vechten strid walka luta сражение slagsmål การต่อสู้ dövüşme cuộc chiến 战斗
References in classic literature ?
She didn't say "perhaps never," but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where the fighting was.
In reality she was the most eagerly passionate soul among them, and more than once, in the five years since she had come back from her travels to settle in Winesburg and become a school teacher, had been compelled to go out of the house and walk half through the night fighting out some battle raging within.
A snake of his size, in fighting trim, would be more than any boy could handle.
Now you know," he said, "now you know what I have been fighting against since last summer at Grand Isle; what drove me away and drove me back again.
It is true that white cunning has managed to throw the tribes into great confusion, as respects friends and enemies; so that the Hurons and the Oneidas, who speak the same tongue, or what may be called the same, take each other's scalps, and the Delawares are divided among themselves; a few hanging about their great council-fire on their own river, and fighting on the same side with the Mingoes while the greater part are in the Canadas, out of natural enmity to the Maquas--thus throwing everything into disorder, and destroying all the harmony of warfare.
Hitherto, the life-blood has been gradually chilling in your veins as you sat aloof, within your circle of gentility, while the rest of the world was fighting out its battle with one kind of necessity or another.
Thus, while the busy dame bustled about the house, or plied her spinning-wheel at one end of the piazza, honest Balt would sit smoking his evening pipe at the other, watching the achievements of a little wooden warrior, who, armed with a sword in each hand, was most valiantly fighting the wind on the pinnacle of the barn.
It was like fighting with a demon for a human soul, and when I had fairly so appraised it I saw how the human soul--held out, in the tremor of my hands, at arm's length-- had a perfect dew of sweat on a lovely childish forehead.
They are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance.
And all the time numberless fowls were diving, and ducking, and screaming, and yelling, and fighting around them.
It was one autumn morning, and as usual, an hour before daybreak our cavalry had turned out, ready caparisoned for the day's work, whether it might be fighting or waiting.
The thing to do is to crack every fighting head that you see, before there are so many fighting heads that you cannot crack any of them.