To succeed in defeating a challenge, or an attack.
The platoon fought off the guerilla attack.
The actor John Smith hopes to fight off the other nominees for the Golden Globe award.
To resist, particularly an infection or an emotion.
I'm fighting off the 'flu' at the moment.
Fight-off Sentence Examples
You fight off boarding aliens as you try to stay alive.
Help sent from Athens was diverted to Crete, and after much manoeuvring Phormio .was compelled to fight off Naupactus.
He fought in the naval fight off Sluys and in the one off Winchelsea in 1350; he led armies into Scotland, Gascony and Normandy, his exploits in Gascony in 1345 and 1346 being especially successful; he served frequently under Edward III.
He appears to have served in France in 1346, and in August 1350 took part in the naval fight off Sluys.
The branches flung upwards, snatching the legs and wings of the demons. Toby heard a demon shriek as its wings were torn from its body. The tree lowered Toby to the ground. He looked up once more, turned and ran through the jungle, leaving the trees to fight off the demons.