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combat

see BATTLE.

COMBAT, Eng. law. The form of a forcible encounter between two or more persons or bodies of men; an engagement or battle. A duel.

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At irregular intervals, whenever a fight could be arranged, he was taken out of his cage and led off into the woods a few miles from town.
There's a good deal of jealousy between our house and Thompson's, and there would have been more fights if this hadn't been let go on, or if either of them had had much the worst of it."
For is it not known to all of us that for twenty-four hours the bull is given no water, and that immediately before the fight he is permitted to drink his fill?"
He saw them all, fight after fight, himself always whipped and Cheese-Face exulting over him.
Then Diomed prayed, saying, "Hear me, daughter of aegis-bearing Jove, unweariable, if ever you loved my father well and stood by him in the thick of a fight, do the like now by me; grant me to come within a spear's throw of that man and kill him.
Schemes of action, attempts at collective manoeuvring necessarily went to pieces directly the fight began, just as they did in almost all the early ironclad battles of the previous century.
He is invited to Go"ttingen, to fight with a Go"ttingen expert; if he is victorious, he will be invited to other colleges, or those colleges will send their experts to him.
"This is the gentleman I am going to fight with," said Athos, pointing to D'Artagnan with his hand and saluting him with the same gesture.
In the beginning of the fight one little store ship of the English fleet hovered near.
If we prove able fighters we are permitted to fight often.
He meant to fight for her--to die for her, if necessary--and if he did not die to go on fighting to the end for her love.
There was still one fight left in me, and here was the thing for which to fight.