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[in-fahy-ting] /ˈɪnˌfaɪ tɪŋ/
fighting at close range.
fighting between rivals, people closely associated, members of a group, etc.; internecine contention.
free-for-all fighting.
Origin of infighting
First recorded in 1810-20; in-1 + fighting
Related forms
infighter, noun Unabridged
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  • Go ahead as if nothing was wrong, but be sure and not try any in-fighting.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • He had a ten-year apprenticeship in the treachery and in-fighting of the frontier.

    The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • But Driscoll chose the in-fighting, and naturally became himself the centre of the hottest patch.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Pour in a volley; fire low, and when it comes to in-fighting, use the bayonet resolutely and you have them beaten.

    The Story of Isaac Brock Walter R. Nursey
  • "David, you are a brick when it comes to the in-fighting," said the general manager; and then he finished buttoning his collar.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for in-fighting


(boxing) combat at close quarters in which proper blows are inhibited and the fighters try to wear down each other's strength
intense competition, as between members of the same organization, esp when kept secret from outsiders
Derived Forms
infighter, noun
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Word Origin and History for in-fighting

1812, from pugilism, the practice of getting at close quarters with an opponent; see in + fighting. Old English infiht (n.) meant "brawl within a house or between members of a household."

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