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fight to death

1. noun A bitter, hard-fought conflict that ends in the death of one of the participants. The battle between this lion and water buffalo truly is a fight to the death—the victory of one ensures the demise of the other. The underground competition features experienced fighters from all over the world engaging in fights to the death.
2. noun An extremely difficult or serious challenge. Used hyperbolically. It was a fight to the death getting that old lawnmower working again, but by God I did it! We knew it would be a fight to the death negotiating the contract with their firm.
3. verb To engage in a bitter, hard-fought conflict that ends in the death of one of the participants. I know it's morbid, but one of the things I like best about nature documentaries is watching predators and their prey fighting to the death. The crime boss forced the two underlings to fight to the death, with the winner being spared any further punishment.
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Four-legged life it was, young and silly and hot, heart-prompted, that was like any young man making love to his woman in the twilight, or like any young man fighting to the death with any other young man over a matter of passion, hurt pride, or thwarted desire.
When, among men fighting to the death in their wild-animal way, a beaten man threw down his weapons, it was at the option of the victor to slay him or spare him.
Posts showed hares being caught and mauled by dogs, trained cockerels fighting to the death and users mocking the ban on hare coursing.
ONLY 100 Isis fighters remain fighting to the death in their former stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, it was claimed yesterday.
We wanted it to be very realistic, they are both old but they are fighting to the death," she added.
BASED on the Nintendo 64's Rise Of The Blad Dogs, Battlezone puts you in the midst of an arena fighting to the death in customisable hovertanks.
Writer-director George Lucas keeps us in suspense reaching his spectacular finale where Obi-Wan and Anakin lock lightsabres in the film's most daring, eye-popping sequence, fighting to the death as the base collapses into rivers of lava.
At this stage we don't give a f*** whether we die - we are fighting to the death," he said.
Margaret Barker, of the Operatic Society, said: "This is a magical show which has romance, tragedy, sorcery and knights in shining armour fighting to the death."
They explained that on one hand, the left does nothing but ridicule the "old fashioned" ways of the Orthodox and their "frivolous" customs, but on the other hand, they are fighting to the death to ban the amulets.
MONSTER BRAWL (18, pounds 8.99) ??lled as the 'fight of the living dead', this lowbudget oddity sees a host of ghouls - including Frankenstein's monster, the werewolf, the mummy and a zombie - fighting to the death in a wrestling ring.
And tell you what, why not bring back cock fighting, bear-baiting, and why not gladiators fighting to the death and throwing Christians to the lions too, all ``for our delight''?
Video footage was shown of dogs fighting to the death. The men, aged 18 to 42, deny all charges.
On both the Western and Eastern fronts they formed the cornerstone of German defences, fighting to the death even when all hope was lost.