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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 of infighting
1810-1820
1810-20; in-1 + fighting
Related forms
infighter, noun
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  • And naturally it was inevitable that he should have the worst of it at infighting.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • He had to depend on speed, and the infighting tricks he had learned from Scotty.

  • He kept close to Carpentier during the rest of the fight and wore him down with body blows during the infighting.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • Like Dr. Hammerfield, he was unused to this fierce "infighting," as Ernest called it.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • infighting, in′fīt-ing, n. boxing at close quarters when blows from the shoulder cannot be given.

British Dictionary definitions for infighting

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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