fight


fight
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noun
1 struggle using physical force
ADJECTIVE
big
fierce
brutal, nasty, vicious
real

Suddenly the argument developed into a real fight.

good

There's nothing he likes so much as a good fight.

clean, fair

It was a fair fight and Stephen won.

close
running

He was killed during a series of running fights outside a disco.

stand-up, straight

In a straight fight the army usually won.

bar (AmE), pub (BrE), street
gang
fist, knife, sword
food, pillow, snowball, water
championship, title

the world title fight between Tyson and Lewis

professional
heavyweight, etc.
bull (usually bullfight), cock, dog
boss (in computer games)
VERB + FIGHT
pick, start

He tried to pick a fight with me.

I don't know who started the fight.

be asking for (esp. AmE), be looking for, be spoiling for, want

Andy was drunk and spoiling for a fight.

be in, get into, get involved in, have

Don't get into any more fights!

break up, stop

The fight was broken up by a teacher.

win
lose
see, watch
FIGHT + VERB
take place

The dog fights took place every Sunday morning.

break out, erupt, start
ensue

A fight ensued which left one man dead.

FIGHT + NOUN
scene, sequence
club (esp. AmE)
fan
PREPOSITION
in a/the fight

He killed a man in a fight.

fight about, fight over

They nearly had a fight over who should move first.

fight between

fights between hostile clans

fight with

They got involved in a fight with some older boys.

2 trying to get/do sth
ADJECTIVE
brave, good, strong

She died at the age of 43 after a brave fight against cancer.

hard, long, real, tough, uphill (AmE)

a long fight to beat inflation

bitter, desperate
legal
custody (esp. AmE)
VERB + FIGHT
put up

Coal workers are determined to put up a fight to save their jobs.

lead, spearhead (esp. BrE)

lawyers leading the fight for compensation for the injured workers

join, join in

Doctors have now joined in the fight to make this treatment available to all.

face

Now he is facing his toughest fight yet—back to fitness after a series of injuries.

be engaged in

He is still engaged in a bitter fight with his old company.

carry on, continue, keep up

She said they would continue their fight to find a cure for AIDS.

step up

The government has vowed to step up the fight against crime.

take

She vowed to take her fight to the High Court.

win
lose

Are we losing the fight against illegal drugs?

give up

She just gave up her fight for life.

FIGHT + VERB
be on

The fight is on to have this brutal practice stamped out.

continue, go on

The fight for justice goes on.

PREPOSITION
without a fight

I'm not giving up without a fight!

fight against, fight with (AmE)

a new weapon in the fight against car crime

his fight with cancer

fight for

their fight for a fair deal

PHRASES
a fight for life, a fight for survival

the company's desperate fight for survival in a cut-throat market

have a fight on your hands

Union leaders know that they have a real fight on their hands.

3 competition
ADJECTIVE
brave, good, great, strong, tremendous
straight
VERB + FIGHT
put up

The team put up a good fight (= they played well) but were finally beaten.

FIGHT + VERB
be on
PREPOSITION
fight between

This will be a straight fight between the two parties.

fight for

The fight for supremacy in the sport is on.

PHRASES
a fight to the death (figurative)

By 1807 politics had become a fight to the death between the two factions.

a fight to the finish

If the polls are wrong and it's a fight to the finish, the result may not be known until all the votes have been counted.

have a fight on your hands

She now has a fight on her hands (= will have to play very well) to make it through to the next round.

make a fight of it

No doubt Ferguson wants his team to make a fight of it.

4 (esp. AmE) argument
ADJECTIVE
big, huge, terrible
petty, stupid
little
VERB + FIGHT
have
cause
get into, pick, provoke, start
{{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}}
verb
1 in a war/battle
ADVERB
bravely, gallantly, valiantly
bitterly, fiercely, hard
effectively
back, off
VERB + FIGHT
be prepared to, be ready to

He did not believe that the enemy was ready to fight.

continue to
PREPOSITION
against

They fought bravely against the enemy.

alongside

He fought alongside his comrades.

for

They fought for control of the island.

over

They were fighting over disputed land.

with

He taught me how to fight with a sword.

PHRASES
fight to the death

The soldiers were prepared to fight to the death if they had to.

2 struggle against/hit sb
ADVERB
bitterly, hard
dirty
back, off

He was stabbed as he tried to fight the robbers off.

VERB + FIGHT
be prepared to
PREPOSITION
against

She fought hard against his strong grip.

with

Riot police fought with militants demonstrating in support of the uprising.

3 in a contest
ADVERB
bitterly, hard
successfully
VERB + FIGHT
be determined to, be prepared to, be ready to

We need a good manager who is prepared to fight for a fair share of the funds.

continue to
PREPOSITION
for

Regional monopolies were bitterly fought for.

PHRASES
fiercely fought

The second half was fiercely fought, but neither side managed to score.

4 try to stop/achieve sth
ADVERB
hard, like a tiger, tooth and nail (= in a very determined way)

He fought hard to overcome his disability.

She'll fight like a tiger to protect her children.

The residents are fighting tooth and nail to stop the new development.

doggedly, stubbornly, tenaciously
desperately
successfully
back

It is time to fight back against street crime.

VERB + FIGHT
be determined to, be prepared to, be ready to, vow to
continue to
help (to)
PREPOSITION
against

They are committed to fighting against racism.

for

We are fighting for equal rights.

5 argue
ADVERB
bitterly
constantly
PREPOSITION
about

It's a trivial matter and not worth fighting about.

over

Children will fight even over small things.

with

He's always fighting with his brother.

PHRASES
fight like cat and dog (BrE), fight like cats and dogs (AmE)
Fight is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑army, ↑firefighter, ↑hero, ↑military, ↑protester, ↑rebel, ↑soldier, ↑troops, ↑veteran, ↑warrior
Fight is used with these nouns as the object: ↑AIDS, ↑army, ↑bacteria, ↑battle, ↑blaze, ↑campaign, ↑cancer, ↑communism, ↑corruption, ↑crime, ↑demon, ↑discrimination, ↑disease, ↑election, ↑emotion, ↑enemy, ↑epidemic, ↑evil, ↑extradition, ↑fatigue, ↑feeling, ↑fire, ↑flame, ↑foe, ↑force, ↑grin, ↑HIV, ↑illness, ↑impulse, ↑infection, ↑inflation, ↑injustice, ↑instinct, ↑menace, ↑monster, ↑occupation, ↑opponent, ↑oppression, ↑plan, ↑pollution, ↑poverty, ↑prejudice, ↑racism, ↑rebel, ↑recession, ↑revolution, ↑seat, ↑sexism, ↑system, ↑temptation, ↑terror, ↑terrorism, ↑tyranny, ↑urge, ↑virus, ↑war, ↑way

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