infighting

[in-fahy-ting]
noun
1.
fighting at close range.
2.
fighting between rivals, people closely associated, members of a group, etc.; internecine contention.
3.
free-for-all fighting.

Origin:
1810–20; in-1 + fighting

infighter, noun
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infighting (ˈɪnˌfaɪtɪŋ)
 
n
1.  boxing combat at close quarters in which proper blows are inhibited and the fighters try to wear down each other's strength
2.  intense competition, as between members of the same organization, esp when kept secret from outsiders
 
'infighter
 
n

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Example sentences
Were he not present, the amount of infighting would rise exponentially.
Also, in academia, there is also much infighting and nasty stealing of ideas
  because the funding situation has become so acute.
She evinces a sound working knowledge of all the infighting and backbiting that
  accompanied both plagiarism scandals.
Infighting and turf wars between fire departments and ambulance services cause
  deadly delays.
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