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fight

verb     /faɪt/ (fought, fought)
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 ).Fighting 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).Responding to an attack B2 [I] informal to argue : I wish they wouldn't fight in front of the kids . I could hear them fighting about money again.Arguing and disagreeing
(Definition of fight verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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