fighting word


Definition of fighting word

: a word likely to provoke a fight

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Perception becomes reality, so, to McMahon, those were fighting words. Dan Gartland,, "The Week in Wrestling: The Latest on Neville’s Situation and the Bullet Club’s Feud With WWE," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of fighting word

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fighting word was in 1917

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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