- fight-or-flight reaction,
- fight-or-flight response,
- fighting chair,
- fighting chance,
- fighting cock,
- fighting fish,
- fighting french
Origin of fighting
verb (used without object), fought, fight·ing.
verb (used with object), fought, fight·ing.
Origin of fight
Examples from the Web for fighting
First, one fights with another, then they make an alliance, then they go back to fighting each other.
Part of the problem is the mandate of the war and the means with which the U.S. is fighting it do not match up.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Just a week before the start of a new Congress, the new House majority whip is fighting for his political life.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am fighting that quota because I am an advocate of competition.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Due to the video lacking audio, what they were fighting about remains a mystery—“was Jay cheating?”Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps he is stirred at the thought of fighting for "England, Home, and Beauty."Kitchener's Mob|James Norman Hall
It seemed as though the whole mass of fighting men had partially sunk into the ground.The Lady of the Shroud|Bram Stoker
At last the boy turned to him, fighting back some things, taking on other things.Lifted Masks|Susan Glaspell
They are discovering that they have been fighting a bugbear; also, that their legislation against the bugbear cannot legislate.
For they did not come on fighting, but all in a tremble, clutching wildly to get back the papers.Wunpost|Dane Coolidge
verb fights, fighting or fought
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
Word Origin for fight
present participle adjective from fight (v.). Fighting chance is from 1877; fighting mad is attested by 1750.
Old English feohte, gefeoht "a fight;" see fight (v.). Cf. Old Frisian fiucht, Old Saxon fehta, Dutch gevecht, Old High German gifeht, German Gefecht.
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.
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