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fight off

verb

  1. to repulse; repel
  2. to struggle to avoid or repress

    to fight off a cold



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Idioms and Phrases

Defend against, drive back, as in I've been fighting off a cold all week . This figurative use of the term, originally meaning “to repel an enemy” dates from the early 1800s.
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Example Sentences

Inside were the same fishermen who were so apathetic about the fight off-shore.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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