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Synonyms of fight in English:


  • 1 he saw two men fighting
    brawl, come to blows, exchange blows, attack/assault each other, hit/punch each other;
    struggle, grapple, wrestle, scrimmage;
    do battle, engage in conflict, contend;
    spar, joust, tilt, cross swords, lock horns, lock antlers
    informal scrap, have a dust-up, have a set-to
    British informal have a punch-up
    Scottish informal swedge
    North American informal roughhouse
    Australian/New Zealand informal stoush, go the knuckle
  • 2 Edward went to fight in the First World War
    battle, do battle, give battle, wage war, go to war, make war, take up arms;
    attack, mount an attack;
    combat, engage, meet, clash, skirmish;
    be a soldier, fight for Queen/King and country;
  • 3 a war fought for freedom
    engage in, wage, conduct, prosecute, carry on, pursue, undertake, practise, proceed with, go on with
  • 4 she and her sister are always fighting
    quarrel, argue, row, bicker, squabble, have a row/fight, wrangle, dispute, be at odds, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at variance, have words, bandy words, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheads;
    informal fall out, scrap, go at it hammer and tongs, fight like cat and dog, argufy
    Scottish archaic threap
  • 5 the firemen fought the blaze
    try to extinguish, try to put out
  • 6 textile workers fought against further wage reductions
    speak, lobby;
    work, push, press
  • 7 party leaders warned that they would fight the decision
    oppose, contest, contend with, confront, challenge, combat, dispute, object to, quarrel with, argue against/with;
    withstand, resist, defy, fly in the face of;
    strive/struggle against, take a stand against, put up a fight against, stand up and be countecatd against, take issue with, question
    rare controvert
    [Antonyms] accept, support
  • 8 Donaldson fought the urge to put his tongue out
    repress, restrain, suppress, stifle, smother, hold back, keep back, fight back, keep in check, check, curb, contain, control, keep under control, rein in, silence, muffle, bottle up, choke back, swallow, strangle, gag
    [Antonyms] give in to
  • Phrases

    fight back
  • 1 use your pent-up anger to fight back
    retaliate, counterattack, strike back, hit back, reply, respond, react, reciprocate, return fire, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, return the compliment, defend oneself, put up a fight, return like for like, get back at someone, give someone a dose/taste of their own medicine
    formal requite something
    archaic serve someone out, give someone a Roland for an Oliver
    [Antonyms] turn the other cheek
  • 2 she had to fight back tears of frustration
    repress, restrain, suppress, stifle, smother, hold back, keep back, keep in check, check, curb, contain, control, keep under control, rein in, silence, muffle, bottle up, choke back, swallow, strangle, gag
    [Antonyms] give in to, let out
  • fight for
    a militant who fought for the rights of all workers
    champion, promote, advocate, plead for, defend, protect, uphold, support, back, espouse, stand up for, campaign for, lobby for, battle for, crusade for, take up the cudgels for
    fight like cat and dog/cats and dogs
    informal we are both extremely volatile and have always fought like cat and dog See sense 4 of the verb
    fight someone/something off
    he fought off a bull terrier that attacked his dog
    repel, repulse, beat off, stave off, ward off, hold off, fend off, keep/hold at bay, drive away/back, force back, beat back, push back, resist
    fight shy of
    some people fight shy of taking out a personal loan
    flinch from, demur from, recoil from, hang back from;
    have scruples about, scruple about, have misgivings about, have qualms about, be averse to, be chary of, not be in favour of, be against, be opposed to, be diffident about, be bashful about, be shy about, be coy about;
    be loath to, scruple to, be reluctant to, be unwilling to, be disinclined to, not be in the mood to, be indisposed to, be slow to, be hesitant to, be afraid to, hesitate to, hate to, not like to, not have the heart to, drag one's feet/heels over, waver about, vacillate about, think twice about, baulk at, quail at, mind doing something
    informal be cagey about, boggle at
    archaic disrelish


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  • 1 he'd got into a fight outside a club
    brawl, fracas, melee, row, rumpus, confrontation, skirmish, sparring match, exchange, struggle, tussle, scuffle, altercation, wrangle, scrum, clash, disturbance;
    Irish , North American , & Australian  donnybrook
    informal scrap, dust-up, set-to, shindy, shindig, free-for-all
    British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck, bit of argy-bargy, barney
    British informal, Football  afters
    Scottish informal rammy, swedge, square go
    North American informal roughhouse, brannigan
    Australian/New Zealand informal stoush
    Law , dated affray
    rare broil, bagarre
  • 2 a heavyweight championship fight
    boxing match, bout, match, meeting, fixture, game, encounter
  • 3 Britain might have given up her fight against Germany
  • 4 I just had a fight with my girlfriend
  • 5 their fight for control of the company
    struggle, battle, campaign, endeavour, drive, push, effort, movement, move
  • 6 she had no fight left in her
    will to resist, power to resist, resistance, morale, spirit, courage, pluck, pluckiness, gameness, will to win, strength, backbone, spine, mettle, stout-heartedness, determination, firmness of purpose, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, confidence;
    informal guts, grit, spunk
    British informal bottle
    North American informal sand, moxie
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