fight against

fight against someone or something

to battle against someone or something. The general refused to fight against the enemy, which was much stronger. He fought against the disease to the very end.
See also: fight
References in classic literature ?
It is part of the general irony of things that in life's crises a man's good qualities are often the ones that help him least, if indeed they do not actually turn treacherously and fight against him.
Then I had simply to fight against their persistent fingers for my levers, and at the same time feel for the studs over which these fitted.
You are asked for swords, but they are to fight against Monk.
together by the Waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.
And suppose that, before engaging, our citizens send an embassy to one of the two cities, telling them what is the truth: Silver and gold we neither have nor are permitted to have, but you may; do you therefore come and help us in war, of and take the spoils of the other city: Who, on hearing these words, would choose to fight against lean wiry dogs, rather th than, with the dogs on their side, against fat and tender sheep?
In this drinking nothing more remarkable happened than the behaviour of Partridge, who, when the serjeant drank a health to King George, repeated only the word King; nor could he be brought to utter more; for though he was going to fight against his own cause, yet he could not be prevailed upon to drink against it.
He said he had always hated to war with other Mezops when there were so many alien races to fight against.
He had no more will to fight against Fingal, so the two heroes swore friendship together.
They came to fight against us because it was their business to fight, because for fighting they drew their scanty pay, their food, and their drink, and the clothes they wore.
If I were obliged to fight against you, I think I should allow myself to be pierced through and through, for I never loved any one but you in the wide world;" and honest Porthos burst into tears as he embraced Athos.
His long fight against hard luck and prejudice was ended; he was a made man for good.
You know you have a little tendency to do that about everything that goes wrong, and you promised me that you would fight against it.
We shall not have to fight against a single fellow-countryman and every life we take will be the life of an enemy.
In the meantime Captain Thorn made desperate fight against fearful odds.
The august jobbers assembled at Vienna, and carving out the kingdoms of Europe according to their wisdom, had such causes of quarrel among themselves as might have set the armies which had overcome Napoleon to fight against each other, but for the return of the object of unanimous hatred and fear.