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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a fighting chance (=a small but real chance)
▪ The Republican Party has a fighting chance at the next election.
be fighting for your life (=be so ill or injured that you might die)
▪ One badly burned man was fighting for his life in hospital.
extreme fighting
fighting fitBritish English (= very fit)
▪ I had just come back from holiday and was fighting fit.
fire fighting
hand-to-hand fighting/combat etc
▪ There was fierce hand-to-hand fighting in the streets of the city.
▪ They were defeated in hand-to-hand combat.
Heavy fighting
Heavy fighting was reported near the border.
ultimate fighting
violence/fighting spreads
▪ There is no indication that the violence is likely to spread.
▪ Most of the city was aflame, and bitter fighting had taken over the downtown suburbs.
▪ Most of the refugees had come from the Kurgan-Tyube region, the scene of bitter fighting between pro- and anti- government forces.
▪ The war was all but over, although bitter fighting was to rumble on in the islands for many decades.
▪ He said fierce fighting was taking place near Bahdu and insisted I would need at least a hundred soldiers if I went there.
▪ Fighting in Kabul Fierce fighting between various groups raged in Kabul on Dec. 6-10.
▪ On the following day there was fierce fighting at the television station and the building was partially destroyed by fire.
▪ There was fierce hand-to-hand fighting and the area was coming under heavy tank and artillery shelling.
▪ Tass still reported heavy fighting around Bagram on March 8.
▪ But the storm was over; and on land it was on this day that heavy fighting started at Thermopylai.
▪ In the countryside where up to 1,000 people die of starvation a day, heavy fighting between rival clans was reported.
▪ On Dec. 20 government forces took Karfarnihan after three days of heavy fighting.
▪ The Soviet War continues. Heavy fighting in the Caucasus despite bad weather conditions.
▪ In Maydan Shar on Aug. 17, 100 Kabul militiamen were reportedly killed in heavy fighting with mujaheddin forces.
▪ Down below me there was heavy fighting and I felt very sad.
▪ Casualty figures are low, indicating that neither side is prepared to engage in heavy fighting.
▪ At this stage aggression is still highly ritualised, but if one animal fails to submit then serious fighting can occur.
▪ On the following day there were further protests but a heavy police presence prevented renewed outbreaks of serious fighting.
▪ A ceasefire came into operation in May and all serious fighting stopped.
▪ In the spring of A.D. 66, serious fighting broke out in Caesarea.
▪ The tugs were built primarily for service at the Braefoot Bay Terminal and are fully fitted for fire fighting and pollution control.
▪ Most countries have a paid, professional fire brigade who are expert in fire fighting.
▪ Indeed, while the parties are anxious to continue with the fighting such steps are unlikely to lead to peace.
▪ Some 17 people had been killed in the fighting.
▪ At least 1,200 people have been killed in recent fighting.
▪ The Emperor Sigismund is killed in the fighting.
▪ By the end of November an estimated 1,000 civilians had been killed in the latest fighting and up to 6,000 injured.
▪ It followed a week in which more than 120 people were reported killed in township fighting.
▪ I have already stated my view of the best way to stop the fighting.
▪ Those Yugoslav republics which want independence will get it, but recognition now would not stop the fighting.
▪ Lord Owen said the two had agreed to stop or limit the fighting.
▪ Macaulay, 12, star of the blockbuster Home Alone movies, would play a nine-year-old whose parents never stop fighting.
▪ Swiftly they drove south and were stopped only after desperate fighting round the Griffon Gate.
▪ But they establish the framework within which peace could be created if the parties wished to stop the fighting.
fighting fit
▪ Consequently, it hosts an excellent wild brown trout population and fish are pink-fleshed and fighting fit, averaging 10oz in weight.
▪ Masie had responded brilliantly to treatment and seemed fighting fit.
▪ She was taken in by Maggie Taylor and now five month old Teka is fighting fit and lapping up all the attention.
fighting spirit
▪ I admire the team's fighting spirit.
▪ After a long time, her fighting spirit gradually revived and she began to think constructively.
▪ Although these patients usually have astonishingly good morale and fighting spirit, everything humanely possible should be done to keep it up.
▪ Do you suppose he has to carry on a campaign of propaganda to get his people into fighting spirit?
▪ Fortunately, though, we had a fighting spirit which helped us pull through.
▪ On the battlefield armament was still much less important than discipline and fighting spirit.
▪ She also has a fighting spirit.
▪ We shall have to match his fighting spirit, and not let our fear overwhelm us before the first blow is struck.
▪ With so many enemies, we need a great deal of fighting spirit.
fighting words/talk
▪ And we need to warn them that the words they are using can very easily become fighting words.
▪ It sounds like good fighting talk but, beyond the active birth arena, I wonder how accurate a picture it represents.
▪ Today in the 1980s many Christians don't like this fighting talk.
▪ Where I come from that's fighting talk.
have a fighting chance
▪ All children must have a fighting chance at a good education.
▪ And that has encouraged the Geordies to believe they still have a fighting chance of keeping him.
▪ Central defender Tony Mowbray believes his former team have a fighting chance at Old Trafford.
Fighting between rival gangs resulted in the death of a teenage boy.
Fighting broke out between English and Dutch football fans after the game.
▪ Some 15,000 people have fled the city, following renewed fighting.
▪ The streets of the capital are now quiet again, after three weeks of heavy fighting.
▪ The UN had failed to stop the fighting in Rwanda.
▪ There was fighting on the streets of Paris yesterday when police and demonstrators clashed.
▪ End of a school Many teachers were displaced in the fighting.
▪ His war had been worth fighting, much as she regretted the admission.
▪ In Maydan Shar on Aug. 17, 100 Kabul militiamen were reportedly killed in heavy fighting with mujaheddin forces.
▪ On Feb. 19, Aoun and Geaga agreed a six-point pact to end the fighting.
▪ The match was marred by first-half fighting and 15 penalties against the Lions in the second half.
▪ These were set in motion once fighting began and were kept in effect despite falls in prices.
▪ They are quarrelsome, politically unstable and poor; some are preoccupied with fighting.
▪ They include captive monsters goaded into fighting and monsters which have been magically bound by spells of obedience.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fight \Fight\ (f[imac]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fought (f[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Fighting.] [OE. fihten, fehten, AS. feohtan; akin to D. vechten, OHG. fehtan, G. fechten, Sw. f["a]kta, Dan. fegte, and perh. to E. fist; cf. L. pugnare to fight, pugnus fist.]

  1. To strive or contened for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; -- followed by with or against.

    You do fight against your country's foes.

    To fight with thee no man of arms will deign.

  2. To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.

    To fight shy, to avoid meeting fairly or at close quarters; to keep out of reach.


Fighting \Fight"ing\, a.

  1. Qualified for war; fit for battle.

    An host of fighting men.
    --2 Chron. xxvi. 11.

  2. Occupied in war; being the scene of a battle; as, a fighting field.

    A fighting chance, one dependent upon the issue of a struggle. [Colloq.]

    Fighting crab (Zo["o]l.), the fiddler crab.

    Fighting fish (Zo["o]l.), a remarkably pugnacious East Indian fish ( Betta pugnax), reared by the Siamese for spectacular fish fights.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"qualified or trained to fight," mid-14c., present participle adjective from fight (v.). Fighting chance is from 1877; fighting mad is attested by 1750; fighting words is by 1882. Fighty "pugnacious" is attested from c.1200.


early 13c., "act of engaging in combat," verbal noun from fight (v.). Old English had feohtlac (n.) "fighting, battle." Nautical fighting-top "platform near the top of a mast for small-arms fire" is from 1890.

  1. 1 Engaged in war or other conflict. 2 apt to provoke a fight. n. A fight or battle; an occasion on which people fight v

  2. (present participle of fight English)


n. 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" [syn: fight, combat, scrap]

  1. adj. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces" [syn: active, combat-ready, fighting(a)]

  2. engaged in war; "belligerent (or warring) nations"; "a fighting war" [syn: belligerent, militant, war-ridden, warring]

  3. disposed to loud disagreements and fighting [syn: brawling]

Fighting (Thin Lizzy album)

Fighting is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1975. After spending four albums trying to find their niche, the band finally forged an identifiable sound featuring the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. This sound draws from hard rock, folk, pop and rhythm and blues. It set the stage for the big commercial breakthrough of the follow-up album, Jailbreak. The album was also their first album to chart in the UK, hitting #60.

The track "Suicide" was originally performed by Thin Lizzy when guitarist Eric Bell was still in the band, including on a BBC broadcast recorded in July 1973. It was first performed with different lyrics under the title "Baby's Been Messing". Another track recorded at the Fighting sessions was "Try a Little Harder", which was eventually released on the Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels boxed set in 2002.

Fighting is the only other Thin Lizzy album aside from their 1971 debut where band members other than Phil Lynott receive sole songwriting credits for certain tracks. Bell wrote "Ray Gun" on the debut, and Robertson and Gorham wrote "Silver Dollar" and "Ballad of a Hard Man", respectively.

Europe guitarist John Norum covered "Wild One" on his 1987 album Total Control. Europe covered "Suicide" on their 2008 live album Almost Unplugged.

A deluxe edition of Fighting was released on 12 March 2012.

Fighting (ice hockey)
Fighting (2009 film)

Fighting is a 2009 sports action drama film directed by Dito Montiel, with a screenplay by Robert Munic and Montiel, and starring Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard and Luis Guzmán. It was released on April 24, 2009 in the United States by Rogue Pictures.

Fighting (2014 film)

Fighting (Chinese: 英雄之战) is a 2014 Chinese action-romance film directed by Yu Junhao and starring Lu Yi, Peter Ho, Wei Yi and Zhang Zhikang. The film was released on March 21, 2014.

Fighting (Tank album)

Fighting! is Taiwanese Mandopop artist Tank's debut Mandarin solo studio album. It was released on 24 February 2006 by HIM International Music with a bonus VCD containing two music videos. A second edition Fighting! Celebration Edition (生存之道 冠軍慶功加值版) was released on 31 March 2006 with three addition kala tracks and a bonus VCD containing six music videos.

The album features the opening theme song, "終極一班" (Extreme Class) and ending theme song, "給我你的愛" (Give Me Your Love) of Taiwanese drama KO One, starring Aaron Yan, Calvin Chen, and Jiro Wang of Taiwanese boy band, Fahrenheit and Danson Tang. The music video of "我們小時候" (When We Were Young) features Taiwanese singer Amber Kuo.

The track "給我你的愛" (Give Me Your Love) was nominated for Top 10 Gold Songs at the Hong Kong TVB8 Awards, presented by television station TVB8, in 2006.

Usage examples of "fighting".

Give me the Saltings of Essex with the east winds blowing over them, and the primroses abloom upon the bank, and the lanes fetlock deep in mud, and for your share you may take all the scented gardens of Sinan and the cups and jewels of his ladies, with the fightings and adventures of the golden East thrown in.

They will find no Pelton, but they will find three women who will swear that, yes, you and your men demanded admittance last night, whereupon you behaved with drunken debauchery, fighting amongst yourselves.

Orange was hailed with approbation and delight by the Catholic leaders, those promoted by Adrets excited such a storm of indignation, among the Huguenots of all classes, that he shortly afterwards went over to the other side, and was found fighting against the party he had disgraced.

If they did, they would not find his only carrier airing bedding and fighting rust in port.

Second, he must recover the fighting qualities of an airman and therefore develop himself physically by such gymnastic exercises as a bedridden man is capable of doing.

Ever since Akela had been deposed, the Pack had been without a leader, hunting and fighting at their own pleasure.

When Alem was growing up, his parents were always fighting and his mother would go off and stay with her family and it would be just Alem and his brother and sister and their father.

The creature screamed out in pain while Blaise killed one and Anir finished off the Adoni he was fighting.

My poor flesh freezes when I think of Ken out in the fearful anomaly now, fighting that enemy machine.

Pete could just see Rusa and Arrach in the stern, fighting the tiller.

Saro stood over his brother for a few moments, clenching and unclenching his hands, fighting down the nausea that threatened to assail him.

As long as the capital was assailed from the north or the east, he might hope with some reason, by hard fighting, to repulse the assault, and hold Richmond.

Although Diomedes leads the counterattack, followed closely by the Atrides, Agamemnon and Menelaus, followed in turn by Big Ajax and Little Ajax, and although these heroes take their toll on the Trojans in spearcasts and shortsword clashes, the fighting now is centered around the Achaean archer Teucer, bastard son of Telamon and half-brother to Big Ajax.

Any more fighting, Auster, and you can go back to the Nevarsin House of Penitence for a full season.

Its prayer is to hold fast the pious mind, the smooth painless life at peace with heaven and earth, instead of fighting with the invincible, aweless outcast from all law.