Synonyms of fight in English:


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1‘he saw two men fighting’

brawl, come to blows, exchange blows, assault each other, attack each other, hit each other, punch each other
struggle, grapple, wrestle, scrimmage
do battle, engage in conflict, contend
spar, joust, tilt, cross swords, lock horns, lock antlers
informal scrap, have a dust-up, have a set-to
British informal have a punch-up
Scottish informal swedge
North American informal roughhouse
Australian, New Zealand informal stoush, go the knuckle

2‘Edward went to fight in the First World War’

battle, do battle, give battle, wage war, go to war, make war, take up arms
attack, mount an attack
combat, engage, meet, clash, skirmish
be a soldier, fight for King and country, fight for Queen and country

3‘a war fought for freedom’

engage in, wage, conduct, prosecute, carry on, pursue, undertake, practise, proceed with, go on with

4‘she and her sister are always fighting’

quarrel, argue, row, bicker, squabble, have a fight, have a row, wrangle, dispute, be at odds, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at variance, have words, bandy words, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheads
battle, feud
informal fall out, scrap, go at it hammer and tongs, fight like cat and dog, argufy
archaic altercate, chop logic
Scottish archaic threap

5‘the firemen fought the blaze’

try to extinguish, try to put out

6‘textile workers fought against further wage reductions’

campaign, strive, battle, struggle, contend, grapple, war, crusade, agitate
speak, lobby
work, push, press

7‘party leaders warned that they would fight the decision’

oppose, contest, contend with, confront, challenge, combat, dispute, object to, quarrel with, argue against, argue with
withstand, resist, defy, fly in the face of
strive against, struggle against, take a stand against, put up a fight against, stand up and be countecatd against, take issue with, question
rare controvert

accept, support

8‘Donaldson fought the urge to put his tongue out’

repress, restrain, suppress, stifle, smother, hold back, keep back, fight back, keep in check, check, curb, contain, control, keep under control, rein in, silence, muffle, bottle up, choke back, swallow, strangle, gag
informal button up, keep the lid on, cork up

give in to


1‘he'd got into a fight outside a club’

brawl, fracas, melee, row, rumpus, confrontation, skirmish, sparring match, exchange, struggle, tussle, scuffle, altercation, wrangle, scrum, clash, disturbance
fisticuffs, rough and tumble
Irish, North American, Australian donnybrook
informal scrap, dust-up, set-to, shindy, shindig, free-for-all
British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck, bit of argy-bargy, barney
British informal afters
Scottish informal rammy, swedge, square go
North American informal roughhouse, brannigan
Australian, New Zealand informal stoush
dated affray
rare broil, bagarre

2‘a heavyweight championship fight’

boxing match, bout, match, meeting, fixture, game, encounter

3‘Britain might have given up her fight against Germany’

battle, engagement, clash, conflict, contest, encounter
skirmish, scuffle, tussle, struggle, brush, exchange
war, campaign, crusade, warfare, combat, action, hostilities

4‘I just had a fight with my girlfriend’

argument, quarrel, squabble, row, wrangle, disagreement, difference of opinion, falling-out, contretemps, tangle, altercation, fracas
dispute, disputation, contention
informal tiff, set-to, shindig, shindy, stand-up, run-in, spat, scrap, ruction
British informal slanging match, barney, bunfight, ding-dong, bust-up, ruck

5‘their fight for control of the company’

struggle, battle, campaign, endeavour, drive, push, effort, movement, move

6‘she had no fight left in her’

will to resist, power to resist, resistance, morale, spirit, courage, pluck, pluckiness, gameness, will to win, strength, backbone, spine, mettle, stout-heartedness, determination, firmness of purpose, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, confidence
aggression, aggressiveness, belligerence, militancy, boldness, audacity, forcefulness
informal guts, grit, spunk
British informal bottle
North American informal sand, moxie


    fight back

    1‘use your pent-up anger to fight back’


    retaliate, counterattack, strike back, hit back, reply, respond, react, reciprocate, return fire, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, return the compliment, defend oneself, put up a fight, return like for like, get back at someone, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine


    requite something


    serve someone out, give someone a Roland for an Oliver


    turn the other cheek

    2‘she had to fight back tears of frustration’


    repress, restrain, suppress, stifle, smother, hold back, keep back, keep in check, check, curb, contain, control, keep under control, rein in, silence, muffle, bottle up, choke back, swallow, strangle, gag


    button up, keep the lid on, cork up


    give in to, let out

    fight someone/something off

    ‘he fought off a bull terrier that attacked his dog’


    repel, repulse, beat off, stave off, ward off, hold off, fend off, hold at bay, keep at bay, drive away, drive back, force back, beat back, push back, resist

    fight shy of

    ‘some people fight shy of taking out a personal loan’


    flinch from, demur from, recoil from, hang back from

    have scruples about, scruple about, have misgivings about, have qualms about, be averse to, be chary of, not be in favour of, be against, be opposed to, be diffident about, be bashful about, be shy about, be coy about

    be loath to, scruple to, be reluctant to, be unwilling to, be disinclined to, not be in the mood to, be indisposed to, be slow to, be hesitant to, be afraid to, hesitate to, hate to, not like to, not have the heart to, drag one's feet over, drag one's heels over, waver about, vacillate about, think twice about, balk at, quail at, mind doing something


    be cagey about, boggle at



    fight for

    ‘a militant who fought for the rights of all workers’


    champion, promote, advocate, plead for, defend, protect, uphold, support, back, espouse, stand up for, campaign for, lobby for, battle for, crusade for, take up the cudgels for