fight off

phrasal verb
fought off; fighting off; fights off

Definition of fight off

: to defend oneself against (someone or something) by fighting or struggling : to avoid being harmed or overcome by (someone or something) by fighting or struggling They fought off the attack/attackers. I'm trying to fight off a cold.

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“Fight off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fight%20off. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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