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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 ?
He now became glorious; talked over all his exploits, his huntings, his fightings with Indian braves, his loves with Indian beauties; sang snatches of old French ditties, and Canadian boat songs; drank deeper and deeper, sang louder and louder; until, having reached a climax of drunken gayety, he gradually declined, and at length fell fast asleep upon the ground.
226-232) But abhorred Strife bare painful Toil and Forgetfulness and Famine and tearful Sorrows, Fightings also, Battles, Murders, Manslaughters, Quarrels, Lying Words, Disputes, Lawlessness and Ruin, all of one nature, and Oath who most troubles men upon earth when anyone wilfully swears a false oath.
Neither, if we mean our future guardians to regard the habit of quarrelling among themselves as of all things the basest, should any word be said to them of the wars in heaven, and of the plots and fightings of the gods against one another, for they are not true.