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1Words indicating a willingness to fight or challenge a person or thing.
- ‘This is fighting talk by a man who has come to appreciate that he speaks from a position of power.’
- ‘But his fighting talk: ‘Any company that wants to have a good reputation in Scotland as long as I'm First Minister should be taking that into account,’ fell on deaf ears.’
- ‘That amounts to fighting words in a business devoted to selling kids image over substance.’
- ‘You want to know what fighting words sound like.’
- ‘Those are fighting words in the staid business of reinsurance.’
- ‘Maybe Hood's just looking for attention, and once that attention is achieved, he suddenly loses his fighting talk.’
- ‘There was fighting talk.’
- ‘But despite the fighting talk, he admitted the Lib Dems could have done better after failing to make a much hoped-for election breakthrough in terms of Parliamentary seats.’
- ‘Mr McDonagh has heard such fighting talk before, but this time thinks something will happen.’
- ‘Such thinking only provokes more fighting talk.’
- ‘I mentioned a need for more accommodation towards asylum seekers - fighting words in KKK country.’
- ‘Translation: This six-letter word is fighting talk.’
- ‘Those were fighting words for councillor Stu Kennedy, who refused to compromise the bypass road.’
- ‘Besides, Paterson is in too hospitable a mood for fighting talk.’
- ‘He seemed to be about to back up those fighting words with something more substantial when he won the first race of the season.’
- ‘‘We're in mourning - leave us alone,’ he begged, before finding his voice and a vocabulary of fighting words.’
- ‘Still to come, it's a war of words and the Democrats are studying those fighting words.’
- ‘Such fighting talk has earned the father-of-two, who has set up home in Harrogate, the nickname of ‘The Bulldozer’ from certain sections of his workforce.’
- ‘And it seems as if Dominique has already mastered the fighting talk.’
- ‘This, as they say, is fighting talk and the problem is now so grave as to demand such fighting talk from the outset of his new ministry.’
- ‘These are fighting words for a man whose earlier work seems a long, quiet morning of congenial thought.’
2US Insulting or provocative words, especially of an ethnic, racial, or sexist nature, considered unacceptable or illegal by certain institutions and afforded less protection than free speech.
- ‘Those are angry, fighting words to those who think King deserves a place of honor in history.’
- ‘Those aren't fighting words where we come from, but were in his world.’
- ‘A follow-up letter from Corey was full of unretractable fighting words.’
- ‘So why would ‘Black girl ‘yelled across a schoolyard become fighting words for me?’’
- ‘In the presence of fighting words, the manly form of behavior was not turning the other cheek, but rather an immediate and aggressive physical response.’
- ‘But there was no need to touch someone you wanted to insult - you could utter fighting words instead.’
- ‘While I have no idea what that means, I sense these are fighting words.’
- ‘She thought her mother would say some tough fighting words or something that was completely uncaring at all.’
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