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fight off

To push back or defend against someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fight" and "off." What is the best way to fight off an attacker? If you feel like you're getting a cold, these vitamin C tablets should help you to fight it off.
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fight someone or something off

to repel an attack from someone or something. We fought the enemy attack off, but they returned almost immediately. She fought off the mosquitoes all evening. Jed fought the attacker off.
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fight off

Defend against, drive back, as in I've been fighting off a cold all week. This figurative use of the term, originally meaning "to repel an enemy" dates from the early 1800s.
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fight off

v.
To defend against or drive back someone or something, such as a hostile force or an infection: The enemy is advancing, but the troops will fight them off. The doctor told me to rest so I can fight off this cold.
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The girl lashed out and fought off the man before she managed to struggle free.
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said it had fought off an attempted software virus attack Tuesday that was aimed at shutting down some of the company's Web sites.
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Henin-Hardenne held to get to 5-3, and fought off two set points (three total) to win on Myskina's serve and get to 5-4.
Greg Owen (Ford) fought off three Stanford swimmers to win the 200 meter breaststroke in 2:20.
Mullinax, who has fought off earlier efforts to weaken his investigative power, said independence is crucial to his ability to do his job properly.
Down 6-5 and serving, Seles fell behind but fought off three match points.
TARZANA - Police cordoned off a San Fernando Valley neighborhood near Reseda Boulevard on Sunday after a resident fought off a gunman man who tried to take his car, officials said.
Campbell Hall 10, Mayfield 8: Daron Moore of Campbell Hall fought off two match points to defeat Carla Tamborini 7-5 at No.
Before losing to Davenport 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday at the Manhattan Country Club, Seles had thrice played three-set matches, had fought off six match points to Serena Williams and had upended top-seeded Martina Hingis for the second week in a row.
Fifteenth-seeded Roosevelt High of Los Angeles (23-8-1) staked itself to an early six-run lead, then fought off a five-run seventh-inning rally to take a 12-9 victory over host Granada Hills (21-10) Tuesday in a City Bracket quarterfinal game.
Six years ago, Santa Clarita successfully - and rightfully - fought off BFI's attempt to open a landfill in Elsmere Canyon.