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fight

verb uk   /faɪt/ (fought, fought) us  
B1 [I or T] to use physical force to try to defeat another person or group of people: There were children fighting in the playground. The soldiers fought from house to house. They fought with (= on the side of) the North against the South. The birds were fighting over (= competing for) a scrap of food. They fight like cats and dogs (= fight or argue very angrily and violently). They fought to the bitter end/to the death (= until everyone on one side was dead or completely defeated).B2 [I or T] to use a lot of effort to defeat or achieve something, or to stop something happening: He fought the disease bravely for three years. We need the public's help in fighting crime. He fought against racism. Vitamin C is thought to help fight colds and flu. They had to fight hard for improvements to the road system. One of the passengers was fighting for her life (= so ill or injured that she might die) last night after receiving multiple injuries in the collision. With debts of over $2 million, the corporation is fighting for its life (= people are trying hard to stop it being destroyed) I had to fight (back) (= tried hard not to show or produce) the tears when he said he was leaving. The bank fought off (= successfully prevented) a takeover by another bank recently. I was getting a cold at the start of the week but I seem to have fought it off (= got rid of it).B2 [I] informal to argue: I wish they wouldn't fight in front of the kids. I could hear them fighting about money again.
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fight

noun uk   /faɪt/ us  
B1 [C] an argument or an occasion when someone uses physical force to try to defeat someone: Jeff's always getting into/starting fights. The older boys broke up (= stopped) the fight. UK I had a stand-up fight with her (= we argued strongly) about the phone bill. Do you have tickets for the big fight (= boxing competition)? He put up a fight when the police tried to arrest him.B2 [C] a situation in which you use a lot of effort to defeat someone or achieve something, or to stop something happening: We must continue the fight against homelessness. He died last week after a long fight with cancer. They put up a good fight (= played well) against a more experienced team. [U] the wish or ability to fight or act energetically: The team came out on the field full of fight.
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