fight to the death

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fight to the death

1. verb Literally, to take part in a fight that will only end when one of the combatants is dead. It's a good thing the cops got here when they did—those two fools would have fought to the death.
2. verb By extension, to intensely pursue some outcome with a staunch commitment to refuse to accept defeat, compromise, or any form of resignation. They will fight to the death for positive change in the company's sexist culture.
3. noun Literally, a fight that will only end when one of the combatants is dead. Some prisoners were punished by being forced to have a fight to the death.
4. noun By extension, the intense pursuit of some outcome with a staunch commitment to refuse to accept defeat, compromise, or any form of resignation. They view it as a fight to the death for positive change in the company's sexist culture.
See also: death, fight

fight to the death

to engage in a battle that isn't finished until one opponent is dead. The two men looked as though they were going to fight to the death. These evil-tempered dogs will fight to the death.
See also: death, fight

fight to the death

COMMON If someone fights to the death to achieve something or keep something, they try extremely hard to achieve it or keep it. I have been teaching home economics for 18 years and I will fight to the death to keep my place in the curriculum. What drove them was a corporate culture that made them fight to the death for their firms. Note: You can also talk about a fight to the death. Jimmy White now faces a fight to the death to reach the quarter-finals of the Embassy World Snooker Championship.
See also: death, fight
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