fight off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyfight off
he/she/itfights off
present participlefighting off
past tensefought off
past participlefought off
  1. 1
    to stop someone who is trying to attack you

    The woman managed to fight off her attackers.

  2. 2
    if your body fights off an illness, it prevents the illness from making you ill
See also main entry: fight