Definition of infighting in English:



  • 1Hidden conflict or competitiveness within an organization.

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