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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.
See also: death, fight
References in classic literature ?
Only once before had he fought to the death, but that once had taught him the love of it, and ever after until his death it marked his manner of fighting; so that men who loathed and hated and feared him were as one with those who loved him in acknowledging that never before had God joined in the human frame absolute supremacy with the sword and such utter fearlessness.
It was seen as "great entertainment", the same was no doubt said when gladiators fought to the death. The tennis authorities have it in their power to stop such unruly behaviour, ban the player from playing, on the assumption that the player cares about their sport, which in the case of Mr Kyrgios seems very doubtful.
Today marks 75 years since hundreds of thousands of young soldiers landed on the coast of France and fought to the death for our freedom.
It's something we must learn from but we fought to the death and deserved a point.
As sniper fire whizzed past us, I could not help but recall the historic tale of the Siege of Mecca, when Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr and his remaining loyal followers (two of his sons defected to the rival Umayyad Caliphate) made a last stand at Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, where they fought to the death. Flashes of the tragic annihilation of the defenders of Forts Alamo and Masada brought chills up and down my spine.
The (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/491269/20130717/new-dinosaur-big-nosed-long-horned-nasutoceratops.htm) dinosaurs appear to have fought to the death, and some of the (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/306552/20120229/t-rex-world-powerful-bite-study-strong.htm) T rex's fangs are still embedded in the Triceratops' skull.
ARMIES of prehistoric men fought to the death over women, experts believe.
Macleod insisted: "I was breaking up a fight that could have fought to the death."
The way Gerard Houllier's men fought to the death on Sunday to try and salvage a point proves there is no lack of effort in the team.
Not for more than thirty years, until its founding generation had passed from the scene, would the trauma of the 1910 fires begin to heal and would the nation's leading agency for administering wildlands consider fire as anything but a hostile force to be fought to the death. Because of that link, probably no fire short of the holocausts that accompanied Earth's putative collision with an asteroid along the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary has had such global ecological reach.
This is the story of two men who fought to the death with pistols.
A separate smaller supercolony has been found in northern Spain but the insects fought to the death when introduced to the larger group.
The Seaforth Highland-ers traditionally fought to the death.
Plot: Adapted from Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name, this is about the Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against the Persian army.