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[in-fahy-ting] /ˈɪnˌfaɪ tɪŋ/
fighting at close range.
fighting between rivals, people closely associated, members of a group, etc.; internecine contention.
free-for-all fighting.
Origin of infighting
1810-20; in-1 + fighting
Related forms
infighter, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for infighting


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