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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
    informalscrap, have a dust-up, have a set-to
    British informalhave a punch-up
    Scottish informalswedge
    North American informalroughhouse
    Australian/New Zealand informalstoush, 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;
    informalfall out, scrap, go at it hammer and tongs, fight like cat and dog, argufy
    Scottish archaicthreap
  • 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
    [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
    formalrequite something
    archaicserve 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 fight (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
    informalbe cagey about, boggle at


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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
    informalscrap, dust-up, set-to, shindy, shindig, free-for-all
    British informalpunch-up, bust-up, ruck, bit of argy-bargy, barney
    British informal, Football afters
    Scottish informalrammy, swedge, square go
    North American informalroughhouse, brannigan
    Australian/New Zealand informalstoush
    Law , datedaffray
  • 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;
    informalguts, grit, spunk
    British informalbottle
    North American informalsand, moxie
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