Definition of a fight to the finish in US English:

a fight to the finish


  • A fight or contest that ends only with the complete defeat of one of the parties involved.

    • ‘Overcoming male chauvinism is no easy matter and it will have to be a relentless fight to the finish.’
    • ‘With eight days to go until the deadline for offers, it promises to be an interesting fight to the finish.’
    • ‘I think he'll fight to the finish and will do everything possible to ensure he doesn't get captured.’
    • ‘This was a great team effort with all the players giving it their best right up to the finish.’
    • ‘Here again, another little, mini thriller was played out as both teams fought it out to the finish.’
    • ‘He commanded troops in Guangdong and advocated a fight to the finish late in the war.’
    • ‘However, I am proud of the way our whole side performed and stuck in right to the finish.’
    • ‘The game turned out to be a close affair with the sides battling it out right up to the finish.’
    • ‘We fought hard and credit to the lads they never dropped their heads and fought to the finish.’
    • ‘If successful, she could be showing her teeth on TV this September in a fight to the finish.’
    to the end, to the finish, to the termination, to the completion, to the culmination, to a successful conclusion
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