Now he was about to go out into the great world, and fight his own way.

It caused them to fight for the sole possession of this Paradise upon Earth.

Are you—do you mean you're going to fight the other man, too?

These were not the men to endure privations and fight their country's battles.

George was anxious to do the right, but did not know how to fight against the wrong.

But the fight had taken a new and a strange turn upon the other side.

I have seen them fight too often not to know that they are very hardy and valiant gentlemen.

He knew we could whip Great Britain, and he wanted to fight her.

In his fight with Cloten he is depicted as a rare swordsman of wonderful magnanimity.

I've got to fight this out alone, and the less I see of you the better.


Old English feohtan "to fight" (class III strong verb; past tense feaht, past participle fohten), from Proto-Germanic *fekhtanan (cf. Old High German fehtan, German fechten, Middle Dutch and Dutch vechten, Old Frisian fiuhta "to fight"), from PIE *pek- "to pluck out" (wool or hair), apparently with a notion of "pulling roughly" (cf. Greek pekein "to comb, shear," pekos "fleece, wool;" Persian pashm "wool, down," Latin pectere "to comb," Sanskrit paksman- "eyebrows, hair").

Spelling substitution of -gh- for a "hard H" sound was a Middle English scribal habit, especially before -t-. In some late Old English examples, the middle consonant was represented by a yogh. To fight back "resist" is recorded from 1890.


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