fight

Definitions

  • "The two were soon locked in fight."
    "The two were soon locked in fight."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fight be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight "the tribesmen fought each other","Siblings are always fighting","Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
    • v fight fight against or resist strongly "The senator said he would oppose the bill","Don't fight it!"
    • v fight make a strenuous or labored effort "She struggled for years to survive without welfare","He fought for breath"
    • v fight exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for "The liberal party pushed for reforms","She is crusading for women's rights","The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"
    • n fight a boxing or wrestling match "the fight was on television last night"
    • n fight a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga","he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
    • n fight 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"
    • n fight an aggressive willingness to compete "the team was full of fight"
    • n fight an intense verbal dispute "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fighting Trim Fighting Trim
The Aeroplane Fight The Aeroplane Fight
SHAM FIGHT AT SPITHEAD SHAM FIGHT AT SPITHEAD
"I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE AMONGST A CROWD OF FURIES." "I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE AMONGST A CROWD OF FURIES."
THE FIGHT WAS A HOT ONE THE FIGHT WAS A HOT ONE
Si Wants a Fight 147 Si Wants a Fight 147
Shorty Wants to Fight Groundhog 157 Shorty Wants to Fight Groundhog 157
wolfhound fighting dingoes wolfhound fighting dingoes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first television show to show any portion of a toilet was on "Leave it to Beaver." After fighting for ten weeks to show the toilet, CBS would only allow the producers to show the toilet tank, and not the whole toilet
    • Fight A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a combat; a violent conflict or struggle for victory, between individuals or between armies, ships, or navies, etc. "Who now defies thee thrice to single fight ."
    • Fight A screen for the combatants in ships. "Up with your fights , and your nettings prepare."
    • Fight A struggle or contest of any kind.
    • Fight Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, he has a great deal of fight in him.
    • Fight To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.
    • Fight To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one's way; to sustain by fighting, as a cause. "He had to fight his way through the world.""I have fought a good fight."
    • Fight To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight; as, to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.
    • Fight To contend with in battle; to war against; as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles; the sloop fought the frigate for three hours.
    • Fight To strive or contened for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; -- followed by with or against. "You do fight against your country's foes.""To fight with thee no man of arms will deign."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food
    • fight To engage in battle or in single combat; contend in arms; attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an adversary by physical means.
    • fight To contend in any way; struggle for the gaining of an end; strive vigorously: as, to fight against disease; to fight in a political campaign.
    • fight To contend with in battle; war against: as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles.
    • fight To contend against in any manner.
    • fight To carry on or wage, as a battle or other contest.
    • fight To win or gain by battle or contest of any kind; sustain by fighting.
    • fight To cause to fight; manage or manœuver in a fight: as, to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.
    • n fight A battle; an attempt to overcome or defeat by physical means; a contest with natural or other weapons.
    • n fight Any contest or struggle.
    • n fight A bulkhead or other screen designed for the protection of the men during a battle; a bulwark. See close-fights.
    • n fight Power or inclination for fighting.
    • n fight Synonyms Conflict, Combat, etc. (see battle); fray, affray, encounter, affair, brush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: China has trained 700,000 ducks and chickens to attack at the sound of a whistle in order to fight a national plague of locusts.
    • v.i Fight fīt to strive with: to contend in war or in single combat
    • v.t Fight to engage in conflict with: to gain by fight: to cause to fight:—pr.p. fight′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. fought (fawt)
    • n Fight a struggle: a combat: a battle or engagement
    • n Fight the act of fighting or contending
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Quotations

  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “I believe in grumbling; it is the politest form of fighting known.”
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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    “In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight. Not people die but worlds die in them.”
  • Sally Kempton
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    “It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
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    “There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight.”
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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    “The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.”

Idioms

Fight an uphill battle - When you fight an uphill battle, you have to struggle against very unfavourable circumstances.
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Fight tooth and nail - If someone will fight tooth and nail for something, they will not stop at anything to get what they want. ('Fight tooth and claw' is an alternative.)
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Fighting chance - If you have a fighting chance, you have a reasonable possibility of success.
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Go down without a fight - If someone goes down without a fight, they surrender without putting up any resistance.
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It's not the size of the dog in fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog - Usually refering to a small dog attacking a larger animal, this means that fierceness is not necessarily a matter of physical size, but rather mental/psychological attitude.
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It's not the size of the man in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the man - This idiom means that determination is often more important than size, strength, or ability. ('It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.' is also used.)
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No dog in this fight - If you have no dog in a fight, you are not concerned and will not be affected either way by the outcome of something.
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You can't fight City Hall - This phrase is used when one is so cynical that one doesn't think one can change their Representatives. The phrase must have started with frustration towards a local body of government.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fihten, fehten, AS. feohtan,; akin to D. vechten, OHG. fehtan, G. fechten, Sw. fäkta, Dan. fegte, and perh. to E. fist,; cf. L. pugnare, to fight, pugnus, fist

Usage

In literature:

If I've got to fight I'd rather fight the trade than fight the people.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
When I fight again it'll be in Ireland, and not in America.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
A man when he begins to fight, fights because he is there and has got to do it.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
Fights with weapons were incessant.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
I've got to referee this fight.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
It was in the fighting on that river that the eyes of all of us began to be opened.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
Women could make a brave fight unaided; even fatherless boys were not entirely cheated of their youth.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
This gangway and upper deck formed the platform for the fighting men in battle.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
I am lost," he added, "but I will die fighting!
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
It would be the first fight I had to direct as a fighting general.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
To fight there at all with such an insignificant force was a mistake.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Then if you've got to fight, fight with all your might.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It's my duty to fight, and it's your duty to let me fight.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
Everyone felt that he would fight, and fight to the very last.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The Indians did not fight in that way.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
Connla of the Fiery Hair was son of Conn of the Hundred Fights.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
What are the nations fighting about?
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
Her masts and rigging were hopelessly shattered; and no course was open to her, save to surrender, or fight a hopeless fight.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
They began to fight.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
These two days saw the heaviest fighting thus far during the siege.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
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In poetry:

Ajax showed the white man
He knew how to fight;
White man showed to Ajax
He could treat him right.
"Ajax Votes for McKinley" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Mysterious, fighting, loving thing,
So sad, so true—
I would my laughing eyes some day
Might look on you.
"The Heart Unseen" by Richard Le Gallienne
Her Bertrand was the bravest youth
Of all our good king's men,
And he was gone to the Holy Land
To fight the Saracen.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
But when the Lord who bought me,
Asks for my service here,
To fight the good fight faithfully
I'm skulking in the rear.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
FROM hill to hill he harried me;
He stalked me day and night;
He neither knew nor hated me;
Nor his nor mine the fight.
"War" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
LEADER of armies, Israel's God,
Thy soldier's fight is won!
Master, whose lowly path he trod,
Thy servant's work is done!
"A Memorial tribute" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Fight Sport Fitness is more than a fight club.
An umbrella-armed escort accompanied actor Terrence Howard into the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 amid a torrential downpour on Monday, April 20, for the premiere of his new movie Fighting, which is, essentially, a movie about fighting.
Jiu-jitsu, a Brazilian fighting style, proved successful in multiple UFC 153 fights.
Fight-by-fight coverage of UFC 148, including Silva's second-round victory over Sonnen, who had dominated an earlier meeting between the two before losing by submission.
Honorio Banario of the Philippines (l.) fights with Andrew Benibe of the Philippines during the ONE Fighting Championship (FC) mixed martial arts (MMA) event at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila August 31, 2012.
No one is more surprised that Fighting Tongs is doing so well than the members of Fighting Tongs .
An estimated 3.9 million people tuned into HBO on April 1 to watch the Lannisters fight the Starks, the Baratheons fight the Lannisters, the Starks fight the Greyjoys, and the Targaryens fight, well, pretty much anyone.
What ever it takes to fight the fight, we learn the way to do it, even if we must go the extra mile and fight by getting, A-Round-2-It.
That's why the fight week buildup to Michael Bisping and Jason Miller -- a fight with vague insinuations toward a high contender spot -- is unique.
Amidst all today's news stories of troubles at home and abroad, I would like to go back some 150 years to recommend a book that rocked its world then - and can once again inspire readers to fight the good fight.
Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII Evander Holyfield arrives on the red carpet at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII in Phoenix, AZ.
Alfred Morris photoshops, Part II: Fighting duck-sized J.J. You saw the photoshops of Alfred Morris fighting horse-sized Clay Matthews.
Retired Auto Worker: "Keep fighting and fighting until this horrible injustice is righted".
An Albuquerque man has been charged in connection with a fight at a family barbeque Monday that has his father fighting for his life.
Bennett highlights need for upgraded fire-fighting tanker fleet bennett , bill, lisa, six, highlights, senatorial, fighting, prevention, congressional, michael.
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In science:

To fight the multipacting phenomena, bias voltage on the central inner of the coaxial couplers can be implemented in order to shift the resonant condition [M8]. In waveguides the same effect is obtained by applying a magnetic field.
Power coupling
Vasantha was conferred the Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise by the State Government of Tamil Nadu in recognition of her sustained fight for social justice in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and for her contribution to mathematics.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
The Internet and Society, Cambridge: Polity Press. Smith, B. (2000). “Notes from the field - There's a lion in the village: The fight over individual behaviour versus social context.” Social Marketing Quarterly 6(3): 6-12. Sproull, L. and S.
Profiling Internet Users' Participation in Social Change Agendas: An application of Q methodology
Testers must fight this natural tendency and develop the habit of picking input value suites that may or should break the code.
Recommended Practices for Spreadsheet Testing
B: "I can accept this paper, but I will not champion it (accept, but could reject)". C: "This paper should be rejected, though I will not fight strongly against it (reject, but could accept)".
CyberChair: A Web-Based Groupware Application to Facilitate the Paper Reviewing Process
With the financial support from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union European Commission - Directorate-General Home Affairs. (2centre.eu pro ject).
Statistical Detection of LSB Matching Using Hypothesis Testing Theory
Managing it means fighting it, at least on the way down to the lunar surface.
Does the Lunar Surface Still Offer Value As a Site for Astronomical Observatories?
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