refight

verb

re·​fight (ˌ)rē-ˈfīt How to pronounce refight (audio)
refought (ˌ)rē-ˈfȯt How to pronounce refight (audio) ; refighting

transitive verb

: to fight (something or someone) again
On both sides many seem to prefer to refight old battles for political reasons rather than to focus on the nation's shared economic needs.The Guardian (U.S. Edition)
More recently the superheroes of Hollywood cinema have been refighting and winning the Vietnam War for us …Ira Konigsberg
refight noun
plural refights
Wargames allow repeated refights of the same battle or campaign … Philip Sabin

Examples of refight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Convinced of the inherent goodness of the war, U.S. leaders have sought to refight it in new guises again and again. Daniel Immerwahr, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of refight was in 1663

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“Refight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refight. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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