FIGHT, FIGHTING – adjectives
– AT BATE † at strife, contending, fighting …a1500
– AT IT fighting …E17 sl.
– BATTAILANT † engaged in battle; prepared for battle; combatant, warlike, fighting …1591
– BATTAILLEROUS † fond of fighting, warlike …c1480
– BATTAILOUS fond of fighting; ready or eager for battle; warlike, bellicose, pugnacious …c1380 arch.
– BATTLESOME * given to fighting, quarrelsome …1877
– DING-DONG of a fight, competition, etc: hard fought …1924 Aust. sl.
– FAIR of a gang fight: without weapons …1965 US sl.
– FIGHTABLE disposed to fight …1935 Amer. dial.
– FIGHTIFIED inclined to fight; easily angered …1952 Amer. dial.
– FIGHTING likely to provoke a fight …1875 Amer. dial.
– FIGHTINGEST most likely or eager to fight …1871 Amer. dial.
– FIGHTY inclined or eager to fight; easily angered, bad-tempered; pugnacious …1927 Amer. dial.
– FIGHTYFIED inclined to fight; easily angered …1952 Amer. dial.
– OF-FOUGHT † exhausted with fighting …c1320
– ON of a fight or dispute: begun in earnest …1945 Aust. sl.
– ON THE COBBLES looking for a fight …1950s sl.
– PUGILANT * pugnacious, fighting …L19
– PUGNACIOUS inclined to quarrel or fight; readily quarrelsome; belligerent, contentious …1635
– SCRAPPY inclined to fight …1895 Amer. sl.
– SIT-DOWN of a fight: determined, hard …1853
– TEARING-DOWN of a fight: vigorous …1966 Amer. dial.
– WAR-FAIN eager to fight …1876
– WARLIKE † equipped for fighting or for war …c1420
– WARM of fighting, conflict, an onset: vigorously conducted; pressing hard on or harassing the foe; of a combatant: dangerous to tackle; of a locality: dangerous to live in, inhabited by turbulent spirits …1627
fight, fighting – adverbs
– IN MANGLE † in a confused fight, skirmish, or scuffle …a1300
fight, fighting – nouns
– BACK-HAIRING fighting among women …1900s sl.
– BALLYRAG a free fight in jest …Bk1898 sl.
– BARGAIN † contention or contest for the mastery; struggle, combat, fight, battle; controversy …1375 obs. exc. Sc.
– BARGAINING † wrangling, contest, struggle, fighting …1375 Sc.
– BARRAT † contention, strife, quarrel, fighting …c1300
– BATTLE ROYAL a fight in which several combatants engage; hence, a general squabble …1672
– BICKER a skirmish, encounter, fight; an exchange of blows; skirmishing …1297
– BITCH an argument or fight; a disagreement or quarrel …1967 Amer. dial.
– BLUE an argument, a quarrel, a fight, a brawl …1943 Aust. & NZ sl.
– BONES-BREAKING a fight; a bloody quarrel …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOURD an encounter, a fight …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOVVER trouble, fighting, violent behaviour, esp. when associated with skinhead culture …1969 UK sl.
– BOWL-OVER a fight, a brawl …20C Aust. sl.
– BRANNIGAN a disagreement or fight …1940 Amer. dial.
– BRONNIGAN a disagreement or fight …1967 Amer. dial.
– BUNDLE a fight or scrap …1936 sl.
– CAMP † martial contest, combat, fight, battle, war …c1000
– CAMPING † contending, fighting …1549
– CARVE-UP a fight; a battle; a gang war …1961 UK sl.
– CATOUSE a rumpus, row, disturbance, fight …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– CHIROMACHY †* a hand-to-hand fight …1659
– CORN SQUABBLE a fight …Bk2006 US sl.
– DANCE a fight between rival gangs …1940s Amer. street gang sl.
– DEBATE † physical strife, fight, conflict, struggle …a1500 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– DIGLADIATION fighting with swords or hand-to-hand …arch.
– DIMICATION * the act of fighting; a fight, battle, contest; contention, strife …1623
– DOMESTIC an argument or fight between a couple who live together …1970s sl.
– DUOMACHY a fight of two; single combat …1885
– DUST-UP a fight or brawl; a quarrel, a disturbance …1897 colloq.
– DYNAMITE a fight …1992 UK rhyming sl.
– FACE-UP a gang-fight, including single-person combat …1950s US sl.
– FAIR FIGHT a fight between members of rival gangs in which weapons or at least lethal weapons are forbidden …1950 US sl.
– FAIR FIST AND SKULL (FIGHT) a fight without weapons …1908 Amer. dial.
– FAIR GO a fair fight, esp. between two persons …L19 Aust. sl.
– FAIR ONE a (street gang) fight conducted under some sort of mutually recognized rules and possibly preceded by a verbal argument; a fight between members of rival gangs in which weapons or at least lethal weapons are forbidden …1950 US sl.
– FARE † a proceeding, action; ‘doings’; hence, fighting …1340-70
– FAUCHT a fight, a struggle, trouble, exertion …1721 Sc.
– FAUGHT † a fight, a struggle, trouble, exertion …1721 Sc.
– FISH-FIGHT a fight between females …Bk2006 US sl.
– FLARE-OUT a fight; an outburst of temper …1838 sl.
– FLARE-UP a fight; an outburst of temper …1838 sl.
– GAGEMENT an engagement, a fight …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– GALLY-GANDER a fight with knives …Bk1900 Sc.
– GANGBANG a fight between youth gangs …1967 US sl.
– GRASS FIGHT a bare-knuckle fight with few or no restrictions or regulations …1904 Aust.
– HABBLE a quarrel, a squabble, a fight …1818 Sc.
– HACK AND SWEEP a tumult, an uproar; a fight; a commotion …1902 Sc.
– HAIR a hair-pulling fight between women …20C Irish sl.
– HAND-ADVENTURE † a single-handed contest …1649
– HANDICUFFS blows with the hands; fighting hand to hand …1816
– HANDY-CUFFS blows with the hands; fighting hand to hand …1701
– HANDY-FIGHT † a hand-to-hand fight …1601
– HANDY-PUNGY a fight with the fists …B1900 Eng. dial.
– HANTLE a tussle, a hand to hand fight; a scuffle; as much as one can manage …1868 Eng. dial.
– HEY RUBE a fight, orig. between circus workers and the general public …1935 sl., orig. US
– HOOLEY a dispute, a fight or a riot …1966 sl.
– HUMBUG a fight, esp. between youth gangs …1962 US sl.
– IRISH BRAWL a brawl; a fist fight with several people in it …1965 Amer. dial.
– IRISH FAIR a brawl; a fist fight with several people in it …1965 Amer. dial.
– IRISH FIGHT a brawl; a fist fight with several people in it …1965 Amer. dial.
– JIM BRANNIGAN a disagreement or fight …1967 Amer. dial.
– KICKUP a fight or argument; a row; a disturbance …1843 Amer. dial.
– KNOCK-DOWN a vicious fight in which one participant is knocked unconscious; thus, an acrimonious but non-violent dispute …E19 sl., orig. US
– KNOCK-DOWN (AND) DRAG-OUT a rough-and-tumble fight; a free-for-all; an acrimonious, but non-violent dispute …1827 colloq.
– KNUCKLE JUNCTION fisticuffs …1994 US sl.
– LAKE † a fight, a contest …c1400
– LEFT AND RIGHT a fight …L19 Brit. rhyming sl.
– MALVADERING a fight with the fists, a beating …1821 Sc.
– MARTELAISE † a fighting with ‘martels’; a hammering …c1450
– MILL a boys’ fight; a scrimmage …Bk1905 Sc.
– MILVADERING a fight with the fists, a beating …1821 Sc.
– MIX a fight, a brawl …M19 US sl.
– MIX-UP a fist-fight; a brawl …1894 Amer. sl.
– MUSH a fight …2000s sl.
– NICKLE a fight, as of dogs; a squabble, a heated argument …1964 Sc.
– OFF a fight …1990s UK criminals’ sl.
– OPEN GO a fair fight …20C Aust. sl.
– OSTOMACHY †* a playing or fighting with bones …1656
– OUT-AND-OUT a brawl, a fist-fight …L19 US sl.
– OUT-AND-OUTER a brawl, a fist-fight …L19 US sl.
– PADDY-ROW a fight that entails more verbal than physical aggression …E19 sl.
– PAGGA a fight …1990s Sc. sl.
– PAGGER a fight …1990s Sc. sl.
– PALAVER an argument, a fight …1980s UK Black usage
– PANNY a fight between two or more women …L19 sl.
– PUGNACITY the condition or character of being pugnacious; inclination to fight; quarrelsomeness …E17
– PUNCH-OUT a fistfight or brawl …sl.
– PUNCH-UP a fistfight or brawl …1955 sl.
– RACKET a quarrel, fight, altercation; a disturbance …1934 Amer. dial.
– RAG anything physically energetic, a party, a fight, a battle …1910s sl.
– RAGE †* an act of violence; a fight …c1330
– RAMMY a general fight; a brawl; a scuffle; a violent disturbance or commotion; a noisy argument; a row; a bustling crowd …1935 Sc. sl.
– READ AND WRITE * a fight …1857 rhyming sl.
– ROUGH HOUSE fighting; a fight, a brawl …1887 sl.
– ROUGH-UP fighting; a fight, a brawl …1891 sl.
– RUCKUS fighting; a fight, a brawl …1890 sl., chiefly US
– RUKUS fighting; a fight, a brawl …1890 sl., chiefly US
– RUMBLE a fight, esp. a gang fight …1946 sl., chiefly US
– RUN-IN a clash, fight, or similar confrontation; an argument or quarrel …1894 colloq.
– RUSH an organized fight or other contest of strength between first and second year students …1851 US college sl.
– SCALP-SPLITTING a fight …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCAT-TO a fight, a quarrel …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCRAP a fight; a quarrel …1846 Amer. sl.
– SCRIMMAGE a skirmish; a scramble; an altercation, a fight …1902 Amer. dial.
– SET-TO fighting; a fight, a brawl …1816 sl.
– SKELETON ARMY street-fighters …L19 sl.
– SKIN fist-fighting …1957 US sl.
– SKIN FIGHTING a fight between members of rival gangs in which weapons or at least lethal weapons are forbidden …1967 US sl.
– SKIRMERY †* skirmishing, fighting, fencing …c1450
– SORT-OUT. fighting; a fight, a brawl …1937 sl.
– SPILLAGE of a fight: relates to blood loss when someone is cut by whatever means, as in ‘spilled blood’ …c1980s playground sl.
– STOUCH fighting; a brawl …1893 Aust. & NZ sl.
– STOUSH fighting; a brawl …1893 Aust. & NZ sl.
– TAKE-ON a fight, usually with the fists …1920s Aust. sl.
– THUMP-UP fighting; a fight, a brawl …1967 Brit. sl.
– TIFFLE a scuffle, a tussle, a fight …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TIFTER a fit of bad temper or ill-humour; a quarrel; a fight …1877 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TITANOMACHY the warfare of the Titans …1887
– UP-AND-A-DOWNER a fight; a brawl …1927 sl.
– UP-AND-DOWNER a fight; a brawl …1927 sl.
– UPPER AND DOWNER a fight; a brawl …1927 sl.
– VELITATION * a slight or preliminary engagement with an enemy; a skirmish; a fight or scuffle …1616
– WAGE † a challenge or engagement to fight …c1400
– WAGE OF BATTLE † a challenge or engagement to fight …1523
– WARM WORK hot fighting …1760
– YIKE an argument, a dispute, a fight, a brawl …1930s Aust. sl.
– YOKING † a contest, a fight, a tussle; a mauling …1660 Sc.
fight, fighting – person (includes fighter)
– BAD ACTOR a person who is always fighting, quarrelling, or doing bad things …Bk2004 Amer. colloq.
– BARETOUR † a fighting man, a brawler …Bk1914
– BARGANER a fighter; a bully …1825 Sc.
– BARKWELL AND HOLDFAST someone who will back their words with deeds; a formidable fighter …1834 US sl.
– BARRATER, BARRATOR † one who fights; esp. a hired bully …a1400
– BARRATRESS †* a female fighter, an amazon, a virago …1583
– BASH ARTIST a person prone to fighting …1998 NZ sl.
– BATTERED BULLY an old well-cudgelled and bruised huffing fellow; a man who has been in a few fights …1680 UK sl.
– BATTLER one who battles or fights; a warrior, a fighter …c1300
– BETER † a fighter …Bk1795
– BLUE HEN’S CHICK a good fighter; a person with spirit or pluck …1965 Amer. dial.
– BLUE HEN’S CHICKEN a good fighter; a person with spirit or pluck …1799 Amer. dial.
– BONNIE FIGHTER an intrepid fighter, often applied to a zealot, a disputatious person …1886 Sc.
– CAMPION † one who fights in single combat as a trial of strength or bravery, or to decide a judicial question; a gladiator, pugilist, or professional fighter; a combatant …c1320
– COGGER a fighter …19C Eng. dial.
– CUFFER one who cuffs; a boxer, fighter …1662
– DIGLADIATOR † a person who contends or fights …1803 obs. or arch., literary
– DUKER a person inclined to fight …1979 US sl.
– EARTHQUAKE a powerful or invincible fighter …1845 US sl.
– EG-BATTLE a person who urges on others to quarrel and fight …1875 Eng. dial.
– FIGHTIST a fighter …1877 jocular colloq.
– GLADIATHOR a fine fellow; a roisterer; a fighter, a boastful, quarrelsome fellow; a keeper, one set to watch over anything …1889 Ireland
– GRASS FIGHTER a person who fights bare-knuckle with few or no restrictions or regulations …1909 Aust.
– GUT-FIGHTER an aggressive, usually undisciplined fighter who delivers rapid powerful punches to the abdomen …1958 Amer. sl.
– HACKUM a fighting fellow …Bk1737
– HAM an incompetent boxer or fighter …1888 US sl.
– HARD MORRIS a tough fighter …1960 W. Indies sl.
– JABBER anyone who is prone to fighting …1910s sl.
– KEMPER a prize-fighter, a professional fighter …1721 Sc.
– KEMPERY-MAN †* a prize-fighter, a professional fighter …a1765
– MONOMACHIST * one who fights in single combat; a duellist …1828
– MORGAN RATTLER a hard or reckless fighter; a good boxer …1890 Eng. dial.
– OILER one who is regularly involved in fights …1930s US Black sl.
– SQUARER one who squares his elbows for fighting, a sparrer …1850 Sc.
– WAR-HAWK one who is eager for the fray …1798 US
fight, fighting – verbs
– ADPUGN(E) † to fight against …1626
– BANDY to contend, to strive, to fight …1588
– BANG IT ABOUT † to come to blows, to fight it out …c1600
– BANG IT OUT † to come to blows, to fight it out …1622
– BARGAIN † to contend, to strive, to struggle, to fight …1375 Sc.
– BARRACK to brag, to be boastful of one’s fighting powers …Bk1898 N. Ireland
– BATE † to contend, to quarrel, to fight, to strive with blows or arguments …a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– BEAT † to exchange blows; to fight …1586
– BEAT THE AIR to fight to no purpose or against no opposition; to make futile attempts …c1375
– BEAT THE WATER † to fight to no purpose or against no opposition; to make futile attempts …1579
– BEAT THE WIND to fight to no purpose or against no opposition; to make futile attempts …1815
– BEFIGHT 1. † to deprive of by fighting …c1000
2. † to fight against, to do battle with …1474
– BE INTO A MAN to pitch into him; to fight him …Bk1896 sl.
– BICKER to skirmish, to exchange blows, to fight …1330
– BLUE to argue or fight; to become angry …1955 Aust. & NZ sl.
– BOG-SCLENT to avoid fighting; to abscond on the day of battle …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOX to fight with fists …1581
– BRING ASS TO KISS ASS to have the courage needed to fight someone …1990 US sl.
– BUG to fight …1945 Amer. dial.
– BULLY-FIGHT to engage in a form of hand-to-hand combat for the purpose of determining which of two contestants is stronger …1966 Amer. dial.
– CALL to challenge to a fight …L19 sl.
– CALL OUT to challenge to a fight …L19 sl.
– CAMP † to fight; to contend in battle …c1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– COME TO HANDGRIPS to come to close combat …1571
– COME TO HANDSTROKES † to come to blows or hand-to-hand fighting …1548
– COME TO HANDY STROKES † to come to blows or hand-to-hand fighting …1548
– CROSS ASSHOLES to fight; to argue …1975 Amer. sl.
– DEAK to fight …B1900 Eng. dial.
– DEAL † to contend or fight about …c1205
– DEBATE 1. † to fight, to contend, to strive, to quarrel, to wrangle …c1340
2. to contest, to dispute; to contend or fight for; to carry on a fight or quarrel …c1489 arch.
– DIGLADIATE † to ‘cross swords’; to fight, to contend, to quarrel; to dispute violently …a1656
– DIMICATE † to fight, to contend, to skirmish …1656
– DISH IT OUT to fight with forceful hitting …1930 sl., orig. US
– DUKE to fight with fists …1935 US sl.
– DUKE IT OUT to have a fistfight …Bk2006 US sl.
– FALL FORTH † to quarrel, to fight …1607
– FALL TOGETHER BY THE EARS † said of animals fighting; hence of persons: to engage in a fight or scuffle; to fight and scratch each other; to contend in strife; to be at variance, to quarrel …1539
– FALL TO LOGGERHEADS to come into conflict, to argue, to come to blows, to fight …1828 Amer. dial.
– FANG AWAY to attack violently, to fight …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– FEATHER INTO to attack vigorously; to fight …1917 Amer. dial.
– FEATHER UP to bristle, to prepare to fight …1935 Amer. dial.
– FIGHT DOG, FIGHT BEAR * to fight till one or other of two adversaries is overcome …a1642
– FIRE ON to strike, to hit, to fight with …1972 Amer. dial.
– FIRE UP to strike, to hit, to fight with …1972 Amer. dial.
– FISTICATE to fight with fists, to box; to quarrel; to meddle …1819 Amer. dial.
– FOP FOPS to have a fistfight …2000s US prison sl.
– FRAB to struggle, fight; to argue, contend …1868 Eng. dial.
– GALLIER to fight; to drive away with blows …1851 Eng. dial.
– GET CHEST to look for a fight …1900s sl.
– GET DOWN to fight …1970 Amer. Black sl.
– GO BY THE EARS † to start fighting; to set on one another …1716 Sc.
– GO SOCIAL to stop fighting …1960s Amer. sl.
– GO THE KNUCKLE to fight …1944 Aust. sl.
– GO TO LOGGERHEADS to come into conflict, to argue, to come to blows, to fight …1755 Amer. dial.
– GUN UP to prepare to fight, either with fists or weapons …1981 US sl.
– HITCH to fight, to tangle …1874 Amer. sl.
– HUMBUG to fight …1968 US sl.
– I-WIN † to struggle, to contend, to fight …971
– JACK to fight …1970 Amer. dial.
– JACK OUT to fight …1970 Amer. dial.
– KEMP to fight or contend in battle with another …a1400 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– KNOCK DOWN AND DRAG OUT to fight violently …1834 colloq.
– KNUCKLE UP to fight …1968 US sl.
– LAKE † to exert oneself, to move quickly, to leap, to spring; hence, to fight …a1000
– LACE UP YOUR BOOTS to prepare for a fight …1998 US sl.
– LEFT AND RIGHT a fight …L19 Brit. rhyming sl.
– LOCK ASSES to fight, to argue, to brawl …1953 Amer. sl.
– LOCK ASSHOLES to fight; to argue …1975 Amer. sl.
– LOCK HORNS to come into conflict, to disagree, to fight; to engage in an argument or quarrel with another …1836 Amer. dial.
– MAKE A TOUSE to make a row, or fight …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– MAKE THE FUR FLY to cause serious trouble; to cause a fight or a bad argument; to create an uproar or disturbance …1834 sl.
– MATCH † to meet in combat, to fight with …a1400-50
– MEDDLE to fight; to fight with …1937 Amer. dial.
– MIX to fight; to come to blows …L19 US sl.
– MIX IN to start or join in a fight …1912 sl.
– MIX IT to fight …1900 sl.
– MUG to strike a person in the face; to fight; to beat up; to assault; to strangle …1818 sl., orig. boxing usage
– MULLER to roundly beat the opposition in a physical fight …1997 Brit. sl.
– OFFER SOMEONE OUT to challenge to a fight …L19 sl.
– OFFER OUT to challenge anyone to fight …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– OPEN THE BALL to start a fight …1854 US sl.
– PAGGER to fight …1990s Sc. sl.
– PAIK AT to fight with …1876 Eng. dial.
– PAN to strike, to fight a person …c1930 UK sl.
– PUG to fight …1994 US sl.
– PUSH FIRE to urge others into a fight, with no intention of participating oneself …20C W. Indies sl.
– PUT ON A SLAB to fight in private to settle a score …20C prison sl.
– PUT ONE’S BONES UP to get ready to fight …L19 sl.
– PUT UP ONE’S FORKS to get ready to fight …L19 sl.
– PUT UP THE DOOKS to prepare to fight …M19 sl.
– RAG to fight; to beat up …1910s sl.
– RAISE SAND to fight …1980s US criminals’ sl.
– RAISE UP to prepare oneself, such as for a fight …1990s US Black sl.
– READ AND WRITE to fight …1857 rhyming sl.
– ROUGH HOUSE to fight …1900 sl., orig. US
– RUMBLE to fight, esp. to take part in a gang-fight …1959 sl., chiefly US
– SCART ONE’S BUTTONS to challenge to a fight …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCRAP to fight …1874 sl.
– SCRAPE ONE’S BUTTONS to challenge one to a fight …1896 Eng. dial.
– SHOW HACKLE to be willing to fight …M19 sl.
– SKIRM †* to engage with one in fight …c1400
– SLUG IT OUT to fight relentlessly …1943 sl.
– SQUARE UP TO SOMEONE. to prepare to fight with someone …1827 sl.
– STACK ON A BLUE to begin a fight …1944 Aust. sl.
– STACK YOUR DRAPERY to put your coat on the ground before a fight …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– STAND A GALLIER to fight …1790 Eng. dial.
– STEAM IN to engage in an activity, esp. fighting, with absolute commitment …1961 UK sl.
– STOUCH to fight …1909 Aust. & NZ sl.
– STOUSH to punch or strike; to thrash or beat a person; to fight …1893 Aust. & NZ sl.
– TAKE IT IN THE BLIND to fight in private in order to settle a score …20C US prison sl.
– TAKE IT TO THE SQUARE to call out for a fight …2000s US prison sl.
– TAKE OFF ONE’S COAT to challenge someone to a fight …L19 sl.
– TAKE ON to start a quarrel or fight with …Bk2002 Aust. sl.
– TAKE UP † to oppose, to fight with …1597
– TANGLE to fight …1928 sl., orig. US
– TANGLE ASS to fight …1920s US sl.
– TANGLE ASSHOLES to fight, to brawl …1920s US sl.
– TANGLE HOLES to fight, to brawl …1929 US sl.
– TANGLE WITH to fight with …1910s sl.
– TAP OUT in a fight: to give in, to surrender by indicating with a tap on the ground …1970s Aust. sl.
– TOIL † to contend in a lawsuit or an argument; to dispute, to argue; also, to contend in battle; to fight, to struggle …c1330
– TOP † to fight, to struggle, to strive …c1305
– WHIP ONE’S WEIGHT IN WILDCATS to fight vigorously; to be fit and strong …1828 US colloq.
– YOKE to attack; to grip, to seize; to tackle; to meddle with; to fight; to engage in, to dispute …1775 Sc.
fight, fighting – interjections, phrases
– EXCUSE ME WHILE I WHIP THIS OUT one’s last words before commencing a fight …1970s US Black teen sl.
– FAIR FIGHT! cry of onlookers adjuring the use of fists only, no weapons …1942 Amer. dial.
- IT’S GONNA BE ME AND YOU an invitation to start fighting …1940s US Black sl.
– LEAP AND YOU WILL RECEIVE a ritual challenge to a fight …1970s US Black sl.
– PICK NO SQUARES don’t fight …Bk1998 teen sl.
– PUT UP YOUR DOOKS! a challenge to a fisticuff fight …1874 sl.
FIGHT AGAINST – verbs
– ADPUGNE † to fight against …1615
– FIGHT A CIRCLE SAW to fight against tremendous odds …1932 Amer. dial.
– FIGHT A CIRCLE SAWMILL to fight against tremendous odds …1939 Amer. dial.
– FIGHT A CIRCULAR SAW to fight against tremendous odds …1898 Amer. dial.
– FIGHT A STEAM SAWMILL to fight against tremendous odds …1984 Amer. dial.
– GO AT IT TOOTH AND TOENAIL to fight against energetically and with great determination, to use great effort …1965 Amer. dial.
FIGHTING AGAINST – adjectives
– CONTRAPUGNANT †* fighting against, of hostile action …1654
FIGURATIVE – adjectives
– ICASTIC †* figurative …1664
figurative – nouns
– ICASM †* a figurative expression …1664
FIGURE – see BODY
FIGURINE – nouns
– MUD cheap plaster figurines …1930s US sl.
FIJI – person
– FUZZY (usually offensive) a member of any of various dark-skinned ethnic groups who wear their hair in a very thick and full fashion, esp. (in US nautical & military use) a Papuan or Fijian …1890 sl.
– FUZZY-WUZZY (usually offensive) a member of any of various dark-skinned ethnic groups who wear their hair in a very thick and full fashion, esp. (in US nautical & military use) a Papuan or Fijian …1890 sl.
FILBERT – nouns
– BANNUT † the filbert …c1450
FILCH – see STEAL
FILE – nouns
– FILE 13 a private or classified file containing harmful or embarrassing information …1969 Amer. sl.
FILE (tool) – nouns
– DUKE OF ARGYLE n. a file (tool) …1992 UK rhyming sl.
FILIPINO – see PHILIPPINES
FILL – verbs
– ADIMPLEATE †* to fill up …1657
– BEIN † to furnish bounteously, to fill …c1450
– BOWDEN to fill; to burden …Bk1911 Sc.
– FARCINATE † to cram, to fill, to stuff; to cram the stomach with food …1634
– FILFIL to fill entirely …1949 Amer. dial.
– IMPLEFY †* to fill …1623
– IMPLETE to fill …1862 US
– KEDGE to stuff; to fill, esp. to fill oneself with food …1684 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OBSATURATE †* to fill too much; to sate, to cloy …1623
– OF-FILL †* to fill completely …c1205
– PAG to cram, to pack tightly, to stuff, to fill to the utmost …1897 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PANG to pack a receptacle tight, to cram full, to stuff, to fill to the utmost …1637 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– QUINCH to stop up, to fill …Bk1905 Ireland
– RAM to fill up, to crowd …1970s UK Black sl.
– RAM JAM to fill up, to cram …19C Eng. dial.
– RAM UP to fill up, to crowd …1970s UK Black sl.
– RANCE to fill completely; to choke up …Bk1905 Sc.
– REPLEAT † to fill …1876 Eng. dial.
– TEEM UP to fill up to the brim …B1900 Sc.
– VAMP to fill up a glass, teapot, etc. when partially empty; to sip slowly …1893 Eng. dial.
FILLED – adjectives
– HEAP AND THRATCH filled to overflowing …1887 Eng. dial.
– IMPLETE † filled, replete with something …1598
– YFILLED † filled; fulfilled …c900
FILLING – adjectives
– IMPLETIVE †* having the quality of filling …1647
filling – nouns
– IMPLETION the act of filling, the condition of being filled; fullness …1583
FILM – see MOVIE
FILTH, FILTHINESS – nouns
– ADDLE stinking urine, or other liquid filth; mire …a1000
– BATTER soft, moist dirt; filth …1790 Eng. dial.
– BAWDINESS † dirtiness; dirt, filth …1552
– BAWDRY † material filth; dirt, defilement …1648
– CACK rubbish, dirt, filth …1990s sl.
– CLART mud or filth …E19 Eng. dial.
– CRAP anything nasty; filth; ordure …Bk1991 Amer. sl.
– CRUD dirt; dirty material; filth …1948 sl., orig. US
– DICKIE, DICKY filth, ordure …1825 Sc.
– DIRT filth, obscenity, scurrilous information or gossip …1926 sl.
– FECULENCE feculent matter; dregs, lees, dross, scum; also, filth …a1648
– FECULENCY † foulness, filth …1651
– FEDITY † foulness, filthiness, nastiness, vileness, loathsomeness, whether moral or physical …1542
– FUSSOCK dirt, filthiness, laziness …19C Eng. dial.
– GACH dirt or filth …1851 Eng. dial.
– GAG a filthy mass of any substance, liquid, or semi-liquid; mire, mud …1866 Sc.
– GALL † filth, impurity …a1300
– GARBIDGE garbage, refuse; filth …1583
– GARBISH garbage, refuse; filth …1583
– GROT dirt, dirty material, filth …1971 Brit. sl.
– GRUNGE dirt; filth; rubbish …1968 sl.
– GUNGE an unidentifiable or disgusting dirty, messy, or sticky substance; general filth …1965 colloq.
– GUTTERS mud, filth …1785 Sc.
– HACK filth, dirt …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HARLOTRY † filth, trash …1467
– IMMUNDICITY † uncleanness, impurity; filthiness …1530
– IMMUNDITY * uncleanness, filthiness, impurity …1870
– JAKES excrement; filth …1847 Eng. dial.
– LEPROSY foulness, filth …1598
– LEPRY † foulness, filth …1526
– MUNG dirt, muck; anything filthy or distasteful …L1970s teenagers’ & students’ usage
– NAST dirt, filth, foulness …1789 Eng. dial.
– NASTMENT filth, nastiness …1887 Eng. dial.
– NASTRY filth …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– OFFSCOURINGS filth or defilement cleaned off and cast aside; refuse, rubbish …1674
– ORDURE filth, dirt …a1300 arch.
– PRUT anything nasty; filth; ordure …Bk1991 Amer. sl.
– SCHMUTZ, SHMUTZ dirt, dirty material, grime, grease, filth, dust …1968 sl.
– SCLATCH, SKLATCH an unseemly mass of anything semi-liquid; a large clot of mud or filth; a large spot or mark on the skin …1895 Sc.
– SCRUNGE anything nasty; filth; ordure …Bk1991 Amer. sl.
– SCUMBER † the dung of a dog or fox; hence, filth, dirt …1647 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– SCUNGE dirt, dirty material, filth …1975 sl.
– SCUZZ anything nasty; filth; ordure …Bk1991 Amer. sl.
– SCUZZO anything nasty; filth; ordure …Bk1991 Amer. sl.
– SINK * a pool or pit formed in the ground for the receipt of waste water, sewage, etc; a cesspool; a receptacle for filth or ordure …c1440
– SKANK filth, dirtiness, malevolence …1980s US sl.
– SNOTTERY † nasal mucus or filth
– SUDS † dregs, leavings; hence, filth, muck …1548
– SULLAGE 1. filth, refuse; esp. as is carried off by drains from a house, farmyard, or the like; sewage …1553
2. † filth, filthiness, defilement, pollution …1641
– SULLIDGE filth, refuse; esp. as is carried off by drains from a house, farmyard, or the like; sewage …1553
– TATA † excrement; filth …1777 Eng. dial.
FILTHY – adjectives
– AVERN filthy, squalid …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BAACHIE nasty tasting; filthy …1930 Amer. dial.
– BAWDISH †* obscene, filthy …1572
– BAWDY † soiled, dirty, filthy …1377
– CACKY covered with excrement; hence, dirty, filthy, malodorous …19C sl.
– CRUDDY dirty, mucky, filthy; unpleasant,disgusting …1877 sl.
– CRUMBY dirty; filthy; soiled …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– DAGGY of clothes, appearance, etc.: dirty; filthy; slovenly; messy; unkempt; unpleasant …1967 Aust. sl.
– DUNGHILL * worthless, trashy, filthy; of the nature of rubbish or refuse …1555
– DUNGY covered in or spattered with dung; soiled or polluted with dung or filth; dirty, filthy; mucky, muddy …c1450
– FECULENT † covered with faeces; filthy …1590
– FEEST untidy, unkempt; filthy …1901 Amer. dial.
– GRUNDY dirty, shabby, grimy, filthy, disgusting; disreputable, unpleasant …1966 Amer. sl.
– GRUNGED-OUT filthy, dirty, grimy …1986 Amer. sl.
– GRUNGY dirty, filthy …1965 sl.
– GUNGED UP filthy; sticky; clogged with filth, esp. with an unidentifiable or disgusting viscid substance …1962 UK sl.
– GUNGEY, GUNGY filthy; sticky; clogged with filth, esp. with an unidentifiable or disgusting viscid substance; messy, ugly, smelly, old, or ragged …1962 UK sl.
– HARLOTRY † base, scurvy, filthy, worthless, trashy …1579-80
– IMMUND * unclean, impure; filthy, foul …1621
– LAIRY † earthly, filthy …a1340
– LEPROUS foul, filthy …1598
– MANKEY, MANKY dirty, filthy …1971 Brit. sl.
– MUCKING repellent, filthy …L19 sl.
– NESTIE ‘nasty’, foul, filthy, offensive …c1700 Sc.
– ORDUROUS † of the nature of ordure, filthy …1593
– PIGGING filthy …20C Irish sl.
– PUTREDINOUS filthy, abominable …1711 obs.
– RUSTY-FUSTY-DUSTY excessively dirty; begrimed with dust and filth …1630
– SCANDALOUS filthy, befouled …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCROUNGY dirty, filthy …1949 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– SCUZZY dirty, filthy …1969 sl., orig. & chiefly Amer.
– SHITTY covered with excrement; generally filthy …1768 sl.
– SPURCITIOUS †* filthy, foul, obscene …1628
– UNRID disorderly, untidy; filthy …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– VILD unpleasant, disagreeable, portending evil or mischief, disgusting, filthy …1836 Sc.
– YAUGH † dirty, nasty, filthy …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
filthy – nouns
– GAR any slimy, filthy, or muddy substance; that produced by algae in a pond or river; green seaweed; any sticky, miry mess …1808 Sc.
– GRUNGEHOLE a filthy or disreputable place …1986 Amer. sl.
– MUCKHOLE a filthy, unappetizing place or room …1900s sl.
– PARGIS a dirty mess, a muddle, a filthy condition …1929 Sc.
– RAG-AND-BONE SHOP a very dirty, filthy, untidy room …c1880 colloq.
– SHIT-CHUTE a disgusting, filthy place …2000s sl.
filthy – person
– BEAST a person rude, coarse, filthy, or acting in a manner unworthy of a rational creature …c1400
– CHATTY a filthy man …19C sl.
– CLARTY-PAPS a filthy, slatternly woman or wife …19C Eng. dial.
– DIRTBALL a filthy, contemptible, or obnoxious person …1974 US sl.
– GARBAGE CAN a filthy or disgusting person, esp. an old prostitute …1927 US sl.
– GAUBSHITE an awkward, ill-kept, dirty person; a filthy, slovenly man; a boor, a fool, a blockhead …Bk1887 Eng. dial.
– GLUTTON † a general term of reproach or contempt; a vile wretch; a knave, rascal, filthy fellow …c1300
– JACK-NASTY-FACE a filthy or unpleasant-looking person …1823 sl.
– MEAZLE † a leper; a filthy creature …1746 Eng. dial.
– MOVING DUNGHILL a dirty, filthy man or woman …Bk1796 sl.
– MUCK-HEAP a filthy, slovenly man or woman …19C Brit. sl.
– MUCK-SCUTCHEON a filthy person …19C Brit. sl.
– MUCK-SUCKLE a filthy, dirty, slatternly, or very untidy woman …c1860 Brit. colloq.
– RUBBACROCK a dirty, filthy slattern, that is as black as if she were continually rubbing herself against a boiler or kettle …1746 Eng. dial.
– SLABBER a filthy, slobbering person …L18
– SLABBERDEGULLION a filthy, slobbering fellow …E17
– SLOTTERBUG † a dirty or filthy person …c1440
filthy – verbs
– BAWDY † to make dirty or filthy; to befoul, to defile …1398
– BEASTLE to soil, to befoul; to make filthy …1867 Eng. dial.
– GUNGE to make filthy …1976 UK sl.
– GUNGE UP to make filthy …1976 UK sl.
FIGHT, FIGHTING – adjectives