fight off


fight off
{v. phr.} 1. To struggle against someone so as to free oneself; push an attacker back. * /Suzy fought off her two attackers in Central Park with a couple of karate chops./ 2. To strive to overcome something negative. * /After twelve hours at the computer terminal, Jane had to fight off her overwhelming desire to go to sleep./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • fight off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you fight off something, for example an illness or an unpleasant feeling, you succeed in getting rid of it and in not letting it overcome you. [V P n (not pron)] Unfortunately these drugs are quite toxic and hinder the body s… …   English dictionary

  • fight off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fight off : present tense I/you/we/they fight off he/she/it fights off present participle fighting off past tense fought off past participle fought off 1) to stop someone who is trying to attack you The woman… …   English dictionary

  • fight-off — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: fight (II) + off (as in play off) : a prizefight to decide a tie or to determine a single winner in a class compare play off * * * fight off «FYT F, OF», noun. a contest to decide a tie, esp …   Useful english dictionary

  • fight off — they tried in vain to fight off the swarming locusts Syn: repel, repulse, beat off/back, ward off, fend off, keep/hold at bay, drive away/back, force back …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • fight off — {v. phr.} 1. To struggle against someone so as to free oneself; push an attacker back. * /Suzy fought off her two attackers in Central Park with a couple of karate chops./ 2. To strive to overcome something negative. * /After twelve hours at the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fight off — verb a) To succeed in defeating a challenge, or an attack. The platoon fought off the guerilla attack. b) To resist, particularly an infection or an emotion. The actor John Smith hopes to fight off the other nominees for the Golden Globe award …   Wiktionary


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