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1Words indicating a willingness to fight or challenge someone.
- ‘Those were fighting words for councillor Stu Kennedy, who refused to compromise the bypass road.’
- ‘You want to know what fighting words sound like.’
- ‘Mr McDonagh has heard such fighting talk before, but this time thinks something will happen.’
- ‘Maybe Hood's just looking for attention, and once that attention is achieved, he suddenly loses his fighting talk.’
- ‘‘We're in mourning - leave us alone,’ he begged, before finding his voice and a vocabulary of fighting words.’
- ‘Such thinking only provokes more fighting talk.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Translation: This six-letter word is 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.’
- ‘Still to come, it's a war of words and the Democrats are studying those fighting words.’
- ‘And it seems as if Dominique has already mastered the fighting talk.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Those are fighting words in the staid business of reinsurance.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I mentioned a need for more accommodation towards asylum seekers - fighting words in KKK country.’
- ‘This is fighting talk by a man who has come to appreciate that he speaks from a position of power.’
- ‘That amounts to fighting words in a business devoted to selling kids image over substance.’
- ‘These are fighting words for a man whose earlier work seems a long, quiet morning of congenial thought.’
- ‘He seemed to be about to back up those fighting words with something more substantial when he won the first race of the season.’
- ‘Besides, Paterson is in too hospitable a mood for fighting talk.’
- 1.1US Words expressing an insult, especially of an ethnic, racial, or sexist nature.
- ‘Those are angry, fighting words to those who think King deserves a place of honor in history.’
- ‘A follow-up letter from Corey was full of unretractable fighting words.’
- ‘While I have no idea what that means, I sense these are fighting words.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Those aren't fighting words where we come from, but were in his world.’
- ‘She thought her mother would say some tough fighting words or something that was completely uncaring at all.’
- ‘So why would ‘Black girl ‘yelled across a schoolyard become fighting words for me?’’
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