fight off

phrasal verb

fought off; fighting off; fights 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.

Examples of fight off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement But Pages fought off an inside cut fastball and fisted his fourth single of the night, his game-winner traveling all of 205 feet with an exit velocity of 63.4 mph but perfectly placed to spark a wild celebration with teammates in the infield. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 More than 100 students were slumped around the oak-and-marble lobby of Hamilton Hall, the main hub of Columbia College, fighting off sleep. Edmund Lee, New York Times, 3 May 2024 A couple years into her time at Cigna, Day noticed some doctors prescribing a costly treatment called intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, that helps patients with weakened immune systems fight off infections. Patrick Rucker, ProPublica, 29 Apr. 2024 Then Finland fought off a Soviet invasion when Joseph Stalin's Red Army attacked in 1939, known as the Winter War. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 Surgery removed the 2-inch tumor in her lung, then new treatments also boosted her immune system, fighting off any recurrence. Yuki Noguchi, NPR, 12 Apr. 2024 Kyiv must maintain a sizeable army in order to keep fighting off the Kremlin—perhaps with universal conscription, modeled on the Israeli or Swiss variants—complete with a large and modern equipment base supplied by a robust defense industry. Branislav L. Slantchev, Foreign Affairs, 1 Apr. 2024 The story goes that my grandmother helped fight off the bandits. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 7 Mar. 2024 The following year, Padilla called on Villaraigosa and other Eastside leaders to fight off Valley secession. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024

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“Fight off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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