verb (tr, adverb)
to repulse; repel
to struggle to avoid or repressto fight off a cold
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resist, repel, overthrow, rebuff, retaliate, rebut, nix, reject, check, defeat, heave-ho, contain, control, curb, oppose, reply, repress, repulse, restrain
- fight back,
- fight fire with fire,
- fight it out,
- fight or flight reaction,
- fight shy of,
- fight tooth and nail,
- fight-or-flight reaction
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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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