fight1 W1S1 [faıt] v past tense and past participle fought [fo:t US fo:t]
2¦(hit people)¦
3¦(try to do something)¦
4¦(prevent something)¦
10 fight your way (through/past etc somebody/something)
11 fight a losing battle
12 have a fighting chance
13 fight tooth and nail (for something)/fight something tooth and nail
14 fight to the death/finish
15 fight your own battles
16 fighting spirit
17 fighting words/talk
18 fight fire with fire
19 fight like cat and dog
20 fighting fit
21 fight your corner
22 fight shy of (doing) something
Phrasal verbs
 fight back
 fight something<=>down
 fight somebody/something<=>off
 fight something out
[: Old English; Origin: feohtan]
1.) ¦(WAR)¦ [I and T]
to take part in a war or battle
fight in
the families of those who fought in the war
fight against/with
rebel forces fighting against the Russians
fight about/over/for
They fought for control of the islands.
Neither country is capable of fighting a long war .
Later the Indians fought the Anglo settlers.
2.) ¦(HIT PEOPLE)¦ [I and T]
if someone fights another person, or if two people fight, they hit and kick the other person in order to hurt them
fight with
Two guys were fighting with each other in the street.
fight about/over/for
They were fighting over a girl.
She fought him desperately, kicking and biting.
3.) ¦(TRY TO DO SOMETHING)¦ [I and T]
to try hard to do or get something
fight for
The men were fighting for higher wages.
Stockley is fighting for his life (=trying to stay alive) , with serious head injuries.
She fought her way back into the first team.
fight to do sth
The president was fighting to survive.
to try very hard to prevent something or to get rid of something unpleasant that already exists
fight against
People are fighting against repression and injustice.
We will fight terrorism, wherever it exists.
5.) ¦(COMPETE)¦ [I and T]
to take part in an election or compete strongly for something, especially a job or political position
fight an election/a campaign
The prime minister decided to fight an early general election.
fight (sb) for sth
He had to fight several other applicants for the job.
Both men were used to fighting for power.
6.) ¦(ARGUE)¦
to argue about something
fight with
I heard her fighting with the boss.
fight about/over
They're fighting about who should do the dishes.
7.) ¦(SPORT)¦ [I and T]
to take part in a ↑boxing match
Ali fought Foreman for the heavyweight title.
8.) ¦(EMOTION)¦ [I and T]
to try very hard not to have or show a feeling
She fought her fear.
fight with
She was clearly fighting with her emotions.
9.) ¦(LAW)¦ [T]
to try to get something or prevent something in a court of law
The insurance company are fighting the claims in court.
10.) fight your way (through/past etc sb/sth)
to move somewhere with difficulty, for example because there are so many people around you
We fought our way through the crowd.
11.) fight a losing battle
to try to do something that you probably cannot succeed in doing
I'm fighting a losing battle on this diet.
12.) have a fighting chance
to have a chance to do something or achieve something if you try very hard
Lewis has a fighting chance to win the gold medal.
13.) fight tooth and nail (for sth)/fight sth tooth and nail
to try very hard to do or achieve something, or to prevent something
He's rich now, but he had to fight tooth and nail for it.
14.) fight to the death/finish
to fight until one person or group is dead or completely defeated
15.) fight your own battles
fight for what you want, without needing help from other people
Mum, I can fight my own battles now.
16.) fighting spirit
the desire to fight or win
In the second half the team showed their true fighting spirit.
17.) fighting words/talk
something you say that shows that you want to fight hard for something
18.) fight fire with fire
to use the same methods as your opponents in an argument, competition etc
19.) fight like cat and dog
if two people fight like cat and dog, they argue a lot because they dislike each other or disagree
I didn't get on with her at work either - we fought like cat and dog.
20.) fighting fit
[i]BrE extremely fit and healthy
21.) fight your corner
BrE to try to persuade people that your ideas about something are right and should be accepted
The Prime Minister made it clear that Britain would fight its corner on Europe.
22.) fight shy of (doing) sth
BrE to try to avoid doing something or being involved in something
Many women fight shy of motherhood.
fight back phr v
1.) to work hard to achieve or oppose something, especially in a situation where you are losing
United fought back and scored a last-minute goal.
fight back against
She was fighting back against the cancer.
2.) to use violence or arguments against someone who has attacked you or argued with you
The rebels are fighting back.
3.) fight sth<=>back
to try hard not to have or show a feeling
She looked away, fighting back her tears .
He fought back the impulse to slap her.
fight down [fight sth<=>down] phr v
to try hard not to have or show a feeling
Doug fought down a feeling of panic.
fight off [fight sb/sth<=>off] phr v
1.) to keep someone away, or stop them doing something to you, by fighting or opposing them
Bodyguards had to fight off the crowds.
The company managed to fight off a takeover attempt.
2.) to succeed in stopping other people getting something, and to get it for yourself
Allan fought off stiff competition from throughout the UK to win one of only four places at the college.
3.) to try hard to get rid of something, especially an illness or a feeling
Elaine's fighting off a cold.
fight out [fight sth out] phr v
to argue or fight until a disagreement is settled
We left them to fight it out .
fight 2
fight2 W3S2 n
2¦(achieve/prevent something)¦
7 put up a good fight
8 a fight to the death/finish
1.) ¦(HIT)¦
a situation in which two people or groups hit, push etc each other
Sam's always getting into fights at school.
fight with
He got drunk and had a fight with Jim.
fight between
A fight broke out between the two gangs.
fight over/about
fights over territory
pick/start a fight
The big guy was trying to pick a fight.
a street fight
the process of trying to achieve something or prevent something
fight for
the fight for justice and democracy
The little girl lost her fight for life (=fight to stay alive) last night.
fight against
the fight against crime
fight to do sth
the fight to get financial aid
You'll have a fight on your hands (=it will be difficult) to convince the committee.
3.) ¦(ARGUMENT)¦
an argument
fight with
They've had a fight with the neighbours.
fight over/about
fights over money
4.) ¦(SPORT)¦
a ↑boxing match
Are you going to watch the big fight tonight?
5.) ¦(BATTLE)¦
a battle between two armies
fight for
the fight for Bunker Hill
6.) ¦(ENERGY)¦[U]
energy or the desire to keep fighting for something you want
There's plenty of fight left in your grandmother.
7.) put up a good fight
to work very hard to fight or compete in a difficult situation
Our team put up a good fight.
8.) a fight to the death/finish
a fight that continues until one side is completely defeated

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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