Definition of infighting in US English:



  • 1Hidden conflict or competitiveness within an organization.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I'd prefer not to delete posts, but those suggesting infighting within the staff gave me no choice.’
    • ‘Actually, the juiciest infighting and personal political battles began with the birth of this great nation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The big question is whether we will seize that opportunity or again let the transport debate get mired in political infighting and obfuscation.’
    • ‘Weill had big plans at the credit card company, but political infighting and a clash of personalities kept him from achieving most of them.’
    • ‘Very little coverage has been given to the infighting within Loyalist organisations and the possible implications for Scotland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It certainly doesn't help that, at a time like this, political infighting has begun to compete for center stage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The infighting within his bloated campaign attracted as much, if not more, ink and airtime than his policy ideas.’
    • ‘In boroughs political infighting became almost continuous, as rival factions fought for control of corporate institutions.’
    • ‘It was a fragile new nation beset by political infighting and civil war involving ethnic minorities and communists backed by China.’
    • ‘This back-stabbing confirms and supports Naki's assertion that there are divisions and infighting within the organisation.’
    • ‘This does require that Muslim organizations stop infighting and pool all their resources.’
    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.’
      • ‘Is there an advantage to practicing close, infighting boxing for fights like this?’
      • ‘It applies very well for infighting and being able to take an opponent down while controlling him.’