fightfight2 ●●● S2 W3 noun 1 people hit each other [countable]FIGHT a situation in which two people or groups hit, push etc each other Her son was always getting into fights at school.fight with They ended up having a fight with each other.fight between A fight broke out between the fans.fight over/about fights over territory2 to achieve/prevent something [singular]FIGHT FOR OR AGAINST something the process of trying to achieve something or prevent somethingfight for the fight for justice and democracy The little girl lost her fight for life (=fight to stay alive) last night.fight against the fight against crimefight to do something the fight to get financial aid You’ll have a fight on your hands (=it will be difficult) to convince the committee.3 argument [countable]ARGUE an argumentfight with They’ve had a fight with the neighbours.fight over/about fights over money4 boxing [countable]DS a boxing match Are you going to watch the big fight tonight?5 battle [countable]WAR a battle between two armiesfight for the fight for Bunker Hill6 energy [uncountable]FIGHT FOR OR AGAINST something energy or the desire to keep fighting for something you want There’s plenty of fight left in your grandmother.7 → put up a good fight8 → a fight to the death/finishCOLLOCATIONSverbshave a fightI didn’t want to have a fight with him.get into a fight (=become involved in a fight)The two men got into a fight over a girl.start a fightThey started a fight in the crowded bar.pick a fight (=deliberately start a fight)The guy tried to pick a fight with Jack.stop a fight/break up a fightThe police were called in to break up a fight outside a nightclub.win/lose a fightHe always won every fight he was in at school.be spoiling for a fight (=be very eager to fight with someone)The kids went round in gangs, all spoiling for a fight.a fight breaks out/erupts (=suddenly starts)A fight broke out and one man was struck on the head.a fight takes place (=happens)The fight took place outside a nightclub.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + fighta big fightThey ended up having a big fight in the pub.a fair fightIt was a fair fight, just two on two.a fierce fightThere was a fierce fight with rebel forces and several soldiers were killed.a street fightThere were reports of street fights every night in the local newspaper.a fist fight (=a fight in which people hit each other with their closed hands)A fist fight broke out after the match.a knife/sword fightThere have been several arrests, following knife fights between drunken fans. a title fight (=a fight between two boxers to decide who will win a competition)a heavyweight title fightTHESAURUSwhen people hit or attack each otherfight a situation in which people hit or attack each other because of an argument, or as a sportHe had a fight with an older boy. the famous fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman battle a fight between opposing armies or groups of peopleThe English king was killed at the Battle of Hastings.a battle between two rival gangsscuffle a short fight that is not very violentThere was a short scuffle with the police, but no arrests were made.punch-up British English informal a fight in which people hit each other because of an argumentThe game turned into a punch-up.brawl a noisy fight between a group of peopleHe was hurt in a drunken brawl.altercation formal a short noisy argument or fight, especially one that is not seriousThere was a brief altercation and someone called the police.riot a fight involving a large number of people, especially people who are protesting about somethingThe book provoked riots all over Europe. when people try to achieve somethingfight the process in which people try to stop something bad from happening or to improve a situationSchools have an important part to play in the fight against drugs.women’s fight for equalitybattle a fight to change a situation or deal with a problem in societyThe battle against racial discrimination is not over.campaign a planned series of actions intended to achieve somethingMotoring organizations started a campaign for safer roads.struggle a long, hard fight for freedom, independence, equal rights etcNkrumah led the people in their struggle for independence.crusade someone’s fight against something they think is morally wrongShe intends to continue her crusade against sex and violence on TV.
Examples from the Corpusfight• If we had a fight I know I'd win, easy-peasy.• Three of his ribs were broken in a fight.• How did you get that black eye? Were you in a fight?• So anyway, so how did somebody almost get into a fight besides him and Jessica?• He had been at the pub for several hours before getting into a fight with another man.• Are you going to watch the big fight tomorrow?• A good fight once in a while can clear the air.• But Eliades is demanding that pot, plus Lewis' fight fee of around £5m, is frozen by a court judge.• That was the other thing, it took me a long fight to get my eye drops.• There was a massive fight after school yesterday.• A couple of fights broke out near the stadium after the game.• Tyson's fight against Evander Holyfield• Women's fight for equality has not ended.• It is considered one of the most significant developments in the fight against many brain disorders and diseases.• He was a hero in the fight for independence from France.• He knocked out his opponent only five minutes into the fight.• I went through with the fight, like I had said, knocked him out.• Northener Warren Goss takes up: Night came, yet the fight went on...• the fight between Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano• The fight against malnutrition and preventable diseases must continue.• New laws have been passed to help the police in their fight against organized crime.fight over/about• Bing and Callas fought over a contract.• The vultures eat greedily, fighting over scraps, slipping off the rock in their haste to consume.• We have huge fights about it.• These people were not fighting over what I was trained to believe they were fighting over-scarce resources.• But once that barrier has been broken, what is the fight about then?• At the core of the fight over the constitution is the relationship of powers between the presidency, government and parliament.• As for Mr Patrick, he says the fight over development has taken its toll.• What was the fight about?• Instead of world trade, they fought over whether employers should be allowed to set up their own unions.have a fight on ... hands• But you're going to have a fight on your hands.• Politics being politics, the Government may yet have a fight on its hands.fight over/about• Bing and Callas fought over a contract.• The vultures eat greedily, fighting over scraps, slipping off the rock in their haste to consume.• We have huge fights about it.• These people were not fighting over what I was trained to believe they were fighting over-scarce resources.• But once that barrier has been broken, what is the fight about then?• At the core of the fight over the constitution is the relationship of powers between the presidency, government and parliament.• As for Mr Patrick, he says the fight over development has taken its toll.• Instead of world trade, they fought over whether employers should be allowed to set up their own unions.