verb (used without object), fought, fight·ing.
verb (used with object), fought, fight·ing.
- fight back,
- fight fire with fire,
- fight it out,
- fight off,
- fight or flight reaction
Origin of fight
Examples from the Web for fight
The U.S. military is finally starting to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS in restive Anbar province.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She says she will have to fight in “other ways” to get her client freed.
While Kurdish forces have advanced on some fronts in Iraq, the fight here in Syria seems far from over yet.
As the fight raged on, Ahmed and the three women fighters who were part of the mission, sent out calls for help.
If there is actually a war on Christmas, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson seems ready to lead the fight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas|Ben Jacobs|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the afternoon advances, for variation, there is a fight at the barriers.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
His own son, whom he had never known, was to fight him at the polls!Carnac's Folly, Complete|Gilbert Parker
At this instant the door flew open, and the fight was transferred to the platform, the light and the open air.The Deerslayer|James Fenimore Cooper
There's plenty left to fight the fire but nothin' to fight it with.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The German artillery used the same tactics, with the result that the French reenforcements were kept out of the fight.
verb fights, fighting or fought
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
Word Origin for fight
Old English feohtan "to fight" (class III strong verb; past tense feaht, past participle fohten), from Proto-Germanic *fekhtanan (cf. Old High German fehtan, German fechten, Middle Dutch and Dutch vechten, Old Frisian fiuhta "to fight"), from PIE *pek- "to pluck out" (wool or hair), apparently with a notion of "pulling roughly" (cf. Greek pekein "to comb, shear," pekos "fleece, wool;" Persian pashm "wool, down," Latin pectere "to comb," Sanskrit paksman- "eyebrows, hair").
Spelling substitution of -gh- for a "hard H" sound was a Middle English scribal habit, especially before -t-. In some late Old English examples, the middle consonant was represented by a yogh. To fight back "resist" is recorded from 1890.
Old English feohte, gefeoht "a fight;" see fight (v.). Cf. Old Frisian fiucht, Old Saxon fehta, Dutch gevecht, Old High German gifeht, German Gefecht.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fight
- fight fire with fire
- fighting chance
- fighting words
- fight it out
- fight off
- fight shy of
- fight tooth and nail
- can't fight city hall