fighting words

fighting words
fighting talk or fighting words plural noun (informal)
Spirited words issuing a challenge or provoking a fight
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Main Entry:fight

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  • Fighting words — are written or spoken words, generally expressed to incite hatred or violence and to place the targets of the words in danger of harm. Specific definitions, freedoms, and limitations of fighting words vary by jurisdiction. It is also used in a… …   Wikipedia

  • fighting words — fight·ing words n pl: words which by their very utterance are likely to inflict harm on or provoke a breach of the peace by the average person to whom they are directed ◇ Fighting words are not protected speech under the First Amendment to the… …   Law dictionary

  • fighting words — ☆ fighting words n. Informal a remark that stirs up antagonism * * * …   Universalium

  • fighting words — ☆ fighting words n. Informal a remark that stirs up antagonism …   English World dictionary

  • fighting words doctrine — The First Amendment doctrine that holds that certain utterances are not constitutionally protected as free speech if they are inherently likely to provoke a violent response from the audience. N.A.A.C.P. v. Clairborne Hardware Co., Miss., 458 U.S …   Black's law dictionary

  • fighting words doctrine — The First Amendment doctrine that holds that certain utterances are not constitutionally protected as free speech if they are inherently likely to provoke a violent response from the audience. N.A.A.C.P. v. Clairborne Hardware Co., Miss., 458 U.S …   Black's law dictionary

  • fighting words — (also fighting talk) plural noun 1》 informal words indicating a willingness to fight. 2》 US insulting or provocative words, especially of an ethnic, racial, or sexist nature, considered unacceptable or illegal by certain institutions …   English new terms dictionary

  • fighting words — noun Aggressive words that forseeably may lead to potentially violent confrontation; in law, often considered mitigation for otherwise sanctionable behavior (fighting) …   Wiktionary

  • fighting talk — or fighting words plural noun (informal) Spirited words issuing a challenge or provoking a fight • • • Main Entry: ↑fight * * * fighting ˈtalk idiom comments or remarks that show that you are ready to fight very hard for sth • What we want from… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fighting and Combat — Have you ever seen one of those old westerns when some grizzled and toothless saloon patron says them s fighting words ? Well, here they are all twenty one of them! These words, all very obscure, refer to fighting, combat or conflict, whether… …   Phrontistery dictionary

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