- to repulse; repel
- to struggle to avoid or repressto fight off a cold
Idioms and Phrases with 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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