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fight off

Meaning: to try to stop someone or something from attacking you or hurting you

Synonym: fend off

For example:

  • fight off sth/sb My sister is learning karate so she'll be able to fight off anybody who tries to attack her.

  • fight sth/sb off If you get the flu, you should rest in order to give your body the chance to fight it off.

Quick Quiz:

Local manufacturers are threatened by importers of cheaper foreign products. If they can't fight them off, their sales will
  1. increase
  2. decrease
  3. improve

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