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fight

(Argument), noun altercation, bickering, broil, clash, conflict, confrontation, contest, controversy, debate, difference, disagreement, discord, disputation, dissension, embroilment, estrangement, expression of contrary opinions, imbroglio, logomachy, oral contention, polemics, pugna, quarrel, row, schism, squabble, strife, verbal contest, war of words, wrangle

fight

(Battle), noun action, affray, appeal to arms, armed action, assault, attack, bloodshed, bout, brawl, clash of arms, combat, contest, encounter, engagement, exchangeof blows, fracas, fray, hostile encounter, pugilatio, rencounter, resistance, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussle, war, warfare

fight

(Battle), verb act in opposition, altercate, appeal to arms, assail, assault, assume the offensive, attack, bandy with, be violent, break the peace, campaign, carry on war, challenge, close with, combat, come to blows, commit hostilities, compete with, confront, contend, contest, declare war, duel, engage, exchange blows, exchange fisticuffs, face danger, go to war, grapple with, have words with, joust, make war, oppose, proelium committere, pummel, rebel, reluct, resort to arms, revolt, scrimmage, scuffle, set to, spar, squabble, stand up to, strike, struggle against, take on, take the offensive, take up arms, tourney, tussle, vie with, wage war, wrestle with

fight

(Counteract), verb act in opposition to, be at cross-purposes, be contrary, be obstructive, confound, contradict, counter, countermine, counterpose, cross, debar, defy, disapprove, foil, frustrate, hinder, impede, inhibit, interfere, make a stand against, negate, obstruct, oppose, preclude, prevent, protest, rebuff, repulse, resist, run against, run counter to, side against, spurn, stand against, stand up to, thwart, traverse, vote down, work against
Associated concepts: fight passage
See also: affray, altercation, beat, bicker, brawl, collision, commotion, conflict, confrontation, contend, contention, contest, difference, disagree, disagreement, dispute, fracas, fray, grapple, incompatibility, oppose, opposition, oppugn, resist, resistance, rift, strife, strike, strive, struggle, withstand
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David Worthington and Jill Peel, founders of 10 Associates, said: "Successful businesses often fight shy of a branding concept, but like the first day at school, it can't be avoided.
Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby does not fight shy of superlatives in describing the successes, as he sees them, of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition after two-and-a-half years in office.
Take a horse (we fight shy of using the word racehorse) called Haru-urara, meaning gentle spring.
This is a movie with important things to say about the black experience in America but seems to fight shy of grappling too closely with some of the big issues.
He continued: ``The council will not fight shy of using its powers to impose on-the-spot fines or prosecute owners.
Of those firms that fight shy of using the internet, 28 per cent avoid it because they cannot quantify the benefits, 9 per cent are nervous of trading with unknown parties, while a further 9 per cent are put off by the cost of investment.
I don't think the Parliament should fight shy of looking for them.
And with a five-match commitment over just a couple of weeks in June, cross-Channel club managers will surely fight shy of having their players worn out when they report for pre-season training in July.
SIR - In "Singletons fight shy of 'toy boys'" (Education Wales, Jan 14) a traditionalist picture of mate selection is painted.
But they say that you should never fight shy of one horse in a race, so, while we face a monumental task trying to concede 11lb, we will give it our best shot.