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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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Brisbane [Australia], Nov 23 ( ANI ): On the opening day of the Ashes Test, England met Australian fighting talk with quiet defiance and scored 196-4 with the help of spectacular show put up by James Vince here at the Gabba.
The distillation of some 40 years of scholarly work by one of the most prolific strategists of our time, Fighting Talk is an accessible collection of essays that briefly explores the vital assumptions of a working strategist and describes the building blocks of strategic theory.
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.
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The event is organised by Fighting Talk and tickets for the 7pm start cost PS35.
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.
It was a defiant message and a different Hamilton, full of fighting talk, faced the media in the pre-British Grand Prix get-together.