fight off

verb (tr, adverb)

to repulse; repel
to struggle to avoid or repressto fight off a cold

Nearby words

  1. figgy,
  2. fight,
  3. fight back,
  4. fight fire with fire,
  5. fight it out,
  6. fight or flight reaction,
  7. fight shy of,
  8. fight tooth and nail,
  9. fight-or-flight,
  10. fight-or-flight reaction

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Idioms and Phrases with fight off

fight off

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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