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fighting words

n. words intentionally directed toward another person which are so nasty and full of malice as to cause the hearer to suffer emotional distress or incite him/her to immediately retaliate physically (hit, stab, shoot, etc.) While such words are not an excuse or defense for a retaliatory assault and battery, if they are threatening they can form the basis for a lawsuit for assault.

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The reader should not expect any particularly profound revelations in Fighting Talk.
Colin Murray will also be taking the microphone again on September 18 at 11am for the live broadcast of his popular punditry panel show Fighting Talk at The Sage.
He certainly seems full of fighting talk, announcing Birmingham leaders should march on London if the Government doesn't give us the money to overhaul New Street.
FSA choir Dome Deirdre Hutton is in the mood for fighting talk.
In recent months she has been a guest presenter on Fighting Talk.
Nicholas has been amused by the fighting talk in the build-up, having played at a time when hard men did their talking on the pitch.
Gibbo, Stevenage Hitting rock-bottom The fiasco of the new whip rules and their shambolic introduction were the subject of much mickey taking, to a chorus of guffaws, on no less a programme than Radio 5's Fighting Talk on Saturday.
WHILE spending three hours traipsing around Hamburg, dodging lightning rods in a torrential storm, trying to find the city's non-existent taxi supply in the early hours of last Sunday, my phone sustaining terminal water damage in the process, I found myself thinking: "How glad I am that David Haye's brash fighting talk convinced the national media and the general public that he was up for an epic heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko and that we really ought to come here to Germany so we could write home about it - and yet what a pity it was that poor Haye had to go and break his little tootsie.
It was a defiant message and a different Hamilton, full of fighting talk, faced the media in the pre-British Grand Prix get-together.
A BOXING referee squared up for fighting talk with youngsters at a Birmingham school.
That's fighting talk and I love that from any player.
IN response to the fighting talk of Jennifer Duncan representing Tesco's town centre proposal, she fails to clarify how many hundreds of new jobs will be created.