fight back

Definitions

  • Soldiers fight to drive back the harpies
    Soldiers fight to drive back the harpies
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fight back fight against or resist strongly "The senator said he would oppose the bill","Don't fight it!"
    • v fight back defend oneself
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Quotations

  • Abigail Van Buren
    Abigail Van Buren
    “The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.”
  • Jon English
    Jon English
    “You can lay down and die, or you can get up and fight, but that's it -- there's no turning back.”
  • Paul Dirac
    Paul Dirac
    “In the fight between you and the world, back the world.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    Lyndon%20B.%20Johnson
    “A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face.”

Usage

In literature:

It was no longer a fight, for no Mandell man dared venture forward, and as it was, they were too close to the Sunlanders to go back.
"Children of the Frost" by Jack London
To-day all England is convinced; and we are fighting back to back with the French for their national existence and our own.
"Why We Are At War (2nd Edition, revised)" by Members of the Oxford Faculty of Modern History
I was fighting with all my strength to get back my courage.
"Carnacki, The Ghost Finder" by William Hope Hodgson
Each day after this called him back to the fight.
"The Grizzly King" by James Oliver Curwood
All the fellows are backing him; they think you will not fight.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
Thereupon Boutieres offered to give the man back his horse and his arms and to fight him in single combat.
"Bayard: The Good Knight Without Fear And Without Reproach" by Christopher Hare
It was not his aim to give his foes the least chance to fight back, the slightest hope of battle.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
Before the war come on we had to fight the Indians back.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Thinking that the fight was over, we then prepared to ride back.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
She was fighting, but still swept slowly ahead against the force struggling to hold her back.
"The Alaskan" by James Oliver Curwood
As a result he dared you to fight him, and you couldn't refuse before your own men, although you endeavored to back out.
"Love Under Fire" by Randall Parrish
The fight began, and at first the popular favor was entirely on the side of Eric, while Montagu found few or none to back him.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
And with asphalt and concrete they fight the prairie back every building season.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
It has done nothing, that you should beat it while it cannot fight back.
"The Gringos" by B. M. Bower
The officer clung to me, fighting the savages back with fist and elbow.
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
In another instant she had faced him again, fighting back a strange calm into her face.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
It was his way of fighting back.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
The fight continued doubtful a long time: the Achaeans, one thousand in number, drove back the four hundred from their position.
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
Fighting with men by means of both celestial and human weapons, we shall again come back into the region of Indra.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And when Vritra, inspired with the mighty spirit of Twashtri and himself endowed with strength, got the upper hand in fight, Indra turned back.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
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In poetry:

But I, however the fight may go,
Have turned my back on the sordid fray,
To face the tranquil sunset-glow,
And hope for the dawn of a better
"Out Of the Ranks" by John Lawson Stoddard
He would finally go back there and shut it ag'in,
Never thinkin' of stock that got out or got in.
If he knowed any scandal he'd spill it all right,
Where it started a quarrel or mebby a fight.
"He Didn't Belong" by Bruce Kiskaddon
Then strange memories crowded back
Of Queen Gunhild's wrath and wrack,
And a hurried flight by sea;
Of grim Vikings, and the rapture
Of the sea-fight, and the capture,
And the life of slavery.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf II. -- The King's Return" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Niggers won't fight" ah ha!
"Niggers won't fight" ah ha!
"They are no good for war, One in a hundred."
Let Mississippi's shore,
Flooded with negro gore,
Echo back evermore: See our six hundred.
"The Charge At Port Hudson" by Anonymous Americas
Closer still they came, and their leaders cheered them on,
And the Rifles from the rush drew back sullenly and slow,
And, glorying all too soon in the fight they deemed was won,
Up and o'er the hill came the columns of the foe.
"Basaco" by Cicely Fox Smith
Spoiled for a fight, and got it -- lurid, merciless, red --
Trifled with death in the trenches, braved, and battled, and bled;
Then, at a given order, gathered together and backed --
Not because they were bending, but to keep the line intact.
"The Lads of the Maple Leaf" by Jessie Pope

In news:

Fighting Back Against the Health Menace of LCD Screens.
In Lebanon , fighting between pro-and anti-Assad gunmen flared as bodies of three Lebanese , killed after crossing into Syria to fight in the civil war, were brought back home for burial, the state-run National News Agency said.
In Lebanon , fighting between pro- and anti-Assad gunmen flared as bodies of three Lebanese , who were killed after crossing into Syria to fight in the civil war were brought back home for burial, the state-run National News Agency said.
But at least the liberals are fighting back.
Groupama takes the victory, while PUMA fights back for second place CAMPER (Emirates Team New Zealand) snags the third spot on the podium.
But there is a way to fight back.
Mike Petersen of the corps' office in St Louis said efforts have been under way for months to fight back against the drought.
Malawi Workers Fight Back.
At the African painted dogs observation deck and pavilion where 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh fell into the exhibit and was mauled to death Sunday, she paused and struggled to fight back tears.
Now, the city plans to fight back.
Ben Spies fighting back from bad year.
String Of Burglaries Have Ferndale Business Fighting Back.
Montenegro Set to Take Over KAP, Deripaska's En+ Fights Back.
Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on Union Workers Fighting Back The Nation.
"You try to stay strong the whole time, you just can't," said James fighting back tears.
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