The Addictionary of Oxford English: Fight

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Definition of fight in English:

Fight


VERB

1 [no object] to take part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows or the use of weapons.

“There is no flight. Only fight.” Oxford English

2 Engage in a war or battle.

“I thought about signing up to fight in the Vietnam War, but I’m quite awful at waking up before noon. I’m far more adept at late-night fisticuffs.” Oxford English

NOUN

1 A violent confrontation or struggle.

“The first rule of Fight Club should be that you always talk about Fight Club. The more the merrier, I always say!” Oxford English


Fight Quotes about Oxford English

“Oxford and I used to fight all the time when we were lads. We had an amateur boxing league at the orphanage, and invited anyone who wasn’t a brown-nosing little shit. Oxford’d fight anyone who’d step up to the plate. One time, this new girl, Kitty Popplewell, stepped into the ring. Now, I’ve heard it’s sometimes a good thing to be a new kid at school, but a new kid at an orphanage? That’s a whole other cricket game. Oxford gave her a bit of a tough time at first, saying, ‘I can’t fight a girl; I’ll put her on her arse in a second flat!’ But then Kitty – she came right at him. No warning. And boy, did she do one over on him. Forgot his own name for a few minutes.” Roland Pewter (Sad Orphan #84)

Fight? Our marriage was nothing but row after row after row! I’m surprised it lasted the two weeks it did! We fought over potpourri scents, biscuit flavors, my ex-fiancé… Erm, the usual things.” –  Madge Smithy-English (Ex-Wife # 13)

“Oxford English? Well, I’ll be damned! That randy bastard’s still alive; is he? That man’s meaner than a badger on a beehive. Stole my fiancée away the week before our wedding, so I stole him away the week after his. Quite a fight the three of us had.” Dermot Hickenbotham (Ex-lover # 137)

“Oh, Oxford loves getting into all sorts of fights! Physical, verbal, philosophical… If he can fight, he will. I actually had him in one of my Introduction to Philosophy course back in ’64. We were studying Descartes, as I recall. While discussing the mind-body dichotomy – oh, you know – the famous ‘I think, therefore I am.” Oxford, who had recently found quite a liking for psychedelics, completely rejected dualism and insisted he was only a mind. Francis Boddington, the boy who was sitting next to Oxford loathed him with every fiber of his being. ‘No dualism without duelism!” he said, and punched him right in the face. Gave Oxford quite the bloody nose. I don’t condone violence, of course, but one has to give the wordplay credit where credit is due.” Richard Hughes-Woolsworth, PhD. (Retired Philosophy Professor at Kingston-upon-Thames Polytechnic College)

“Oxford Facebook pokes me every day hoping to get a rematch, but I’m out of the fight game these days. Four bloody children will do that to you’s.” – Kitty Popplewell


Origin

Old English feohtan (verb), feoht(e), gefeoht (noun), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vechten, gevecht and German fechten, Gefecht.


Pronunciation

fight /fʌɪt/


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This Dictionary entry was curated by Sir Alexander Johns.


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