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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 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.
That was the blunt fighting talk from Joe Calzaghe's dad Enzo today as Cardiff geared up to stage the fight of the millennium.
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.
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.
That's fighting talk and I love that from any player.
I have heard plenty of fighting talk from the Coventry MPs at rallies, demonstrations and meetings to stop mail centre and post office closures, but is it only hot air?