fight 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.

Word by Word Definitions

fight play
  1. : to contend in battle or physical combat

  2. : to engage in boxing

  3. : to put forth a determined effort

  1. : a hostile encounter : battle, combat

  2. : a boxing match

  3. : a verbal disagreement : argument

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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a strongly worded attack

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