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infighting

[in-fahy-ting] /ˈɪnˌfaɪ tɪŋ/
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
1810-1820
1810-20; in-1 + fighting
Related forms
infighter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for in-fighting

infighting

/ˈɪnˌfaɪtɪŋ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
infighter, noun
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Word Origin and History for in-fighting
n.

1812, from pugilism, the practice of getting at close quarters with an opponent; see in + fighting. Old English infiht (n.) meant "brawl within a house or between members of a household."

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