• "The two were soon locked in fight."
    "The two were soon locked in fight."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fighting engaged in or ready for military or naval operations "on active duty","the platoon is combat-ready","review the fighting forces"
    • n fighting 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fighting Trim Fighting Trim
The Aeroplane Fight The Aeroplane Fight
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
    • Fighting Occupied in war; being the scene of a battle; as, a fighting field.
    • Fighting Qualified for war; fit for battle. "An host of fighting men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food
    • n fighting The act of engaging in combat or battle; a battle or contest.
    • fighting Qualified or trained to fight; fit to fight: as, fighting armies.
    • fighting Of or pertaining to battle; characteristic of a disposition to fight.
    • fighting Occupied in war; being the scene of war: as, a fighting field.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a substance in the skin of the African clawed frog that helps in fighting infection
    • adj Fighting engaged in or fit for war
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  • Heinrich Heine
    “In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.”
  • Thomas Mann
    “Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.”
  • John Lennon
    “You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
  • Heywood Broun
    “A liberal is a man who leaves a room when the fight begins.”


Fight an uphill battle - When you fight an uphill battle, you have to struggle against very unfavourable circumstances.
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.)
Fighting chance - If you have a fighting chance, you have a reasonable possibility of success.
Go down without a fight - If someone goes down without a fight, they surrender without putting up any resistance.
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.
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.)
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.
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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feohtan; Ger. fechten.


In literature:

They were fighting, fighting for life, fighting to placate a cruel master in a world where all was cruelty and oppression.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Richard can fight like Napoleon and you may fight like Ney!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I suppose that if the French came you would fight, and I could fight with your tribe?
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
If he had to fight, he would fight.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Fifty sailors, well skilled in archery, went on board each to fight valiantly.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Then we realized we were in the fighting zone.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
If it is a fight, however, 'twill be a fight to the finish, and the Hussars of Junin won't be missing!
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
I want men who will fight the Three C's.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
The amount of the British force was 4500 fighting men: the camp followers were about 12,000 men, besides women and children.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'm obliged to fight against them; but I'll fight fairly and openly.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
The more attempts he makes the more his fighting men will be demoralized when we at last fight our way through his lines.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
They were simply a mob of fighting ships who had to fight as individuals against our combat formation.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Their valor and their ability as fighting men were causes of great pride to the British.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
O'Higgins was wounded and had to be carried out of the fight.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
She did not know that the ethics forbade interference, that a fight was between the fighters until one acknowledged defeat.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
We must fight, brothers, and fight hard to keep the cruel Islanders away.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
He fights for his own hand, and cares not who sinks as long as he swims.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
There is no fighting so terrible and so condensed as crater fighting.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
But these are not fighting swordfish.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
A number of Germans were made prisoner in this raid, but the majority preferred to fight rather than yield, and fighting fell.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various

In poetry:

Then up it started Brown Robin,
An an angry man was he:
"There comes nae man this bowr within
But first must fight wi me."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
Among the leather saddles,
In the heads of soldiers
Heavy in the wrack's and kills
Of all straight fighting:
Dreams go on.
"Among The Red Guns" by Carl Sandburg
They lay, wild scattered, all along,
And maimed as if in fight;
But every one of all the throng
Was precious to the sight.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
Stibor had led in many a fight,
And broken a score of swords
In furious frays and bloody raids
Against the Turkish hordes.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Workers of the world, uniting
Thats the way to lose your chains.
Mighty regiments now are fighting
That no tyranny remains!
"Solidarity Song" by Bertolt Brecht
"Home to my home come they who fight,
Who fight but not to win:
Without, my tent is black as night,
And red as fire within.
"The Ballad of Zacho (a Greek legend)" by James Elroy Flecker

In news:

In the fast-moving world of mixed martial arts, rarely does the discussion following a fight center solely around the fight itself.
You always hear about the inevitable food fight in school, but have you ever experienced a shaving cream fight.
Shogun Fights 7 was an action packed night of MMA fights at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
Shogun Fights and BARCS fight for the animals.
AP Photo Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather will fight May 5 in Las Vegas, a fight which has simmered for more than a decade.
It sounds as if they're fighting the good fight.
Police say in September of 2010, Chandler got in a fight with another man and Alexander Hanson got in the middle of the fight.
Smitten Kitten has been fighting the good fight against prudish Midwestern upbringings since 2003, and by now they've perfected the art of making dirty feel downright sensible.
MORGANTOWN — Every football locker that has ever housed a youth football team has been decorated with a sign that read: "What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.".
The granddaddy of fighting games is now available for the GameBoy Advance, complete with new features, characters, and fighting styles.
Brits fight for suffrage in 'Good Fight'.
We're being pretty stupid as a society when two renewable energy sources fight each other instead of fighting fossil fuel.
Referee Kenny Bayless calls the fight as he kneels over Manny Pacquiao after he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez during their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday in Las Vegas.
Matt Montalvo is tossed to the mat by Donte Adams during their fight at the Purgatory Fight Series 10 event at the Huntington Center.
Ronda Rousey, a former Olympic judo bronze medalist, will fight against Liz Carmouche on Feb 23 in the first women's fight in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.

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. ( 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?