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; box; 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; crusade
  • 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 throfats, be at loggerheads; battle, feud
    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
    campaign, strive, battle, struggle, contend, grapple, war, crusade, agitate; 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 workerschampionpromoteadvocateplead fordefendprotectupholdsupportbackespousestand up forcampaign forlobby forbattle forcrusade fortake up the cudgels for

    fight like cat and dog (or like 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 dogrepelrepulsebeat offstave offward offhold offfend offkeep/hold at baydrive away/backforce backbeat backpush backresist

    fight shy of

    some people fight shy of taking out a personal loanflinch fromdemur fromrecoil fromhang back fromhave scruples aboutscruple abouthave misgivings abouthave qualms aboutbe averse tobe chary ofnot be in favour ofbe againstbe opposed tobe diffident aboutbe bashful aboutbe shy aboutbe coy aboutbe loath toscruple tobe reluctant tobe unwilling tobe disinclined tonot be in the mood tobe indisposed tobe slow tobe hesitant tobe afraid tohesitate tohate tonot like tonot have the heart todrag one's feet/heels overwaver aboutvacillate aboutthink twice aboutbaulk atquail atmind doing something informalbe cagey aboutboggle at archaicdisrelish


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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; fisticuffs, rough and tumble; Irish, North American, & Australiandonnybrook
    British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck, bit of argy-bargy, barney
    British informal , Footballafters
    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; aggression, aggressiveness, belligerence, militancy, boldness, audacity, forcefulness
    informal guts, grit, spunk
    British informal bottle
    North American informal sand, moxie
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