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a. A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera tigris) of Asia, having a tawny coat with transverse black stripes.
b. Any of various similar wild felines, such as the jaguar, mountain lion, or lynx.
2. A person regarded as aggressive, audacious, or fierce.

[Middle English tigre, from Old English tigras, tigers, and from Old French tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Greek, of Iranian origin; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

ti′ger·ish adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tigerish - resembling a tiger in fierceness and lack of mercy; "a tigerish fury"
merciless, unmerciful - having or showing no mercy; "the merciless enemy"; "a merciless critic"; "gave him a merciless beating"


[ˈtaɪgərɪʃ] ADJ (fig) → salvaje, feroz
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South Hetton-raised Houghton and her team-mates earned their crack at the holders after establishing a quick-fire two-goal lead and then defending it tigerishly as Canada, coached by County Durham expatriate John Herdman, launched a concerted fightback.
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City went on to have the better of the rest of the first half, Blake and Gavin Rae tigerishly throwing themselves into tackles and refusing to let Boro's ball players settle in the midfield, Adam Matthews and Kevin McNaughton looking like the class full backs that they are, and Anthony Gerrard and Gyepes mopping up with headers, tackles and interceptions when danger threatened.
Siddal's subsequent counter attacks were met by a resilient and well-organised Meltham defence in which Josh Holmes, Jacob Green, Elliot Clemson and Elliot Morris tackled tigerishly.
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Instead, Chelsea encountered a Barnsley team who wanted it more, who tackled tigerishly, who threw bodies in the way of virtually every shot, and who displayed enough creativity to conjure the goal.