Definition of infighting in English:



mass noun
  • 1Hidden conflict or competitiveness within an organization.

    ‘infighting between departments grew worse’
    ‘the split was designed to end political infighting’
    • ‘Observers point out that a decision by Jiang to stay on as party secretary would likely lead to factional infighting within the party.’
    • ‘And I'd prefer not to delete posts, but those suggesting infighting within the staff gave me no choice.’
    • ‘This back-stabbing confirms and supports Naki's assertion that there are divisions and infighting within the organisation.’
    • ‘It was a fragile new nation beset by political infighting and civil war involving ethnic minorities and communists backed by China.’
    • ‘Weill had big plans at the credit card company, but political infighting and a clash of personalities kept him from achieving most of them.’
    • ‘Actually, the juiciest infighting and personal political battles began with the birth of this great nation.’
    • ‘The big question is whether we will seize that opportunity or again let the transport debate get mired in political infighting and obfuscation.’
    • ‘The problem has been exacerbated by what many believe is a combination of factional infighting within the Church and a declining number of priests from which to chose.’
    • ‘That will not be accomplished by bickering and discord and infighting on a grand scale.’
    • ‘Throughout his reign many potential advances and reforms were stymied through factionalism and constant political infighting.’
    • ‘If he fails to do this his term as General Secretary will be noticeable only for division, infighting and factional warfare.’
    • ‘The infighting within his bloated campaign attracted as much, if not more, ink and airtime than his policy ideas.’
    • ‘Other factors contributed to the debacle, such as political infighting between the Red Cross and federal and provincial agencies.’
    • ‘All this infighting within the political parties is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.’
    • ‘In boroughs political infighting became almost continuous, as rival factions fought for control of corporate institutions.’
    • ‘This does require that Muslim organizations stop infighting and pool all their resources.’
    • ‘Very little coverage has been given to the infighting within Loyalist organisations and the possible implications for Scotland.’
    • ‘Political infighting between councillors both across and within parties is mentioned and criticised adversely.’
    • ‘The ensuing and recurrent financial crises led to constant infighting within the ruling clique.’
    • ‘It certainly doesn't help that, at a time like this, political infighting has begun to compete for center stage.’
    dissension, dissent, dispute, discord, strife, contention, conflict, friction, argument, difference of opinion, disagreement, controversy, quarrelling, wrangling, bickering, squabbling, disputation, falling-out, debate, division, divisiveness, clashing, disharmony, disunity, variance, rupture, tumult, turbulence, upheaval, dissidence, rebellion, insurrection, sedition, mutiny, schism
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    1. 1.1 Boxing closer to an opponent than at arm's length.
      • ‘Infighting is an important part of any serious bout and to be a competent boxer you must master it.’
      • ‘It applies very well for infighting and being able to take an opponent down while controlling him.’
      • ‘Is there an advantage to practicing close, infighting boxing for fights like this?’