fight off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fight off force or drive back "repel the attacker","fight off the onslaught","rebuff the attack"
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Quotations

  • Samuel Butler
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    “One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.”
  • David J. Schwartz
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    “To fight fear, act. To increase fear -- wait, put off postpone.”

Usage

In literature:

It wanted very little more to make him fall upon the whole party, and go off with a fight.
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
She tried to fight him off with her feeble arms.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Instead of bravely stopping and fighting off the wolves, they run.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
But she said, 'Why, you have not your stockings on; you didn't fight your stockings off!
"The English Gipsies and Their Language" by Charles G. Leland
We hailed them, and they replied that they had been cut off from their regiment and were now fighting with the French.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
Mr. Gladstone's satellites hurried the old man off and into his carriage, though the fight promised to become Homeric.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
And, fighting at my side, ward off the shame That must be ours, should Hector seize the fleet.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
Then came a running fight off Sardinia, in which the Pisans had the worse of it, losing eight galleys and fifteen hundred men.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
Was you in the gun-fight when The Spider got bumped off?
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
I tried to fight them, but one of them struck me and they went off like the wind.
"Charred Wood" by Myles Muredach
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In poetry:

Fight off your sleep: be wakeful,
Work on, keep up your pace,
Keep vigil like the pilot,
Like all the stars in space.
"Night" by Boris Pasternak
How feeble is the strongest hand,
When death begins to gripe!
The giant now leaves off to stand,
Much less withstand and fight.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
They soon left off fighting each other
As soon as they heard me speak
They soon left off fighting each other
But I didn't 'come to' for a week.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
They front the light and in that light
They solve it, each within his breast;
And after all their weary fight
They put their armour off and rest.
"Like Mists That Trail" by Alexander Anderson
Before I drink myself to death,
God, let me finish up my Book!
At night, I fear, I fight for breath,
And wake up whiter than a spook;
And crawl off to a bistro near,
And drink until my brain is clear.
"My Book" by Robert W Service
Unaltered, 't is true, is the hall we call "Funnel,"
Still fights the "Old South" in the battle for life,
But we've opened our door to the West through the tunnel,
And we've cut off Fort Hill with our Amazon knife.
"In Response" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Hostess to Liquidate, Lay Off 18,500 After Crushing Union Fight.
You'll appreciate that fresh feeling when you're on your tenth day of fighting off bloody zombies.
The pair face off in the fourth fight against each other on Saturday.
Topeka Steps Out to Fight DiabetesWalk and Health & Wellness FestivalKick-off- Sat.
Priest Bites Off Fellow Priest's Ear in Fight Over Parking Space.
0Two county commissioners who are facing off in an election because of redistricting got into a fight outside a church polling place.
SAN FRANCISCO — The epic $1 billion patent fight between the world's top two smartphone makers resumes Thursday in a federal courtroom when Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Corp. Again square off over rights to vital technology.
Yesterday's fight happened at a bus stop on Werner Avenue, just off North Hearne.
She fights him off and ( stop reading right now if you are phobic about eyes , like I am ), she shoves a chunk of broken glass right into his eye .
Jason Sides (7) fights off Donny Schatz Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
That's the formula Maryland used Saturday, opening an early 17-point lead and fighting off a furious Virginia rally for a 27-20 victory.
If a man can order the release of the Kraken and fight off wolves in below-zero temperatures, you might not want to mess with him.
With roughly 90 percent of St John the Baptist Parish's residents clustered on the east bank of the Mississippi River, the parish seat of Edgard, on the sleepy west bank, is forever fighting off irrelevancy.
There are some methods you can use to fight off those who are stalking and looking for the right moment to steal from you.
Martin, a 27-year-old Marine, has been going off to fight his entire adult life, and, in frank moments, he admits he's going to miss it.
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