ADJ. bitter, fierce, hard, heavy, intense, serious | continued/continuing | fresh, renewed | spasmodic, sporadic | hand-to-hand The sword and mace were favourite weapons for hand-to-hand fighting. | street
VERB + FIGHTING end, halt, stop holding talks designed to end the fighting | take part in The conspirators took no part in the fighting which ensued. | be killed in, die in | escape, flee refugees fleeing the fighting
FIGHTING + VERB take place | begin, break out, erupt, flare, start Fierce fighting broke out among the refugees. | ensue, follow | continue | rage For nearly two months the fighting raged. | intensify | die away/down, diminish Even if the fighting dies down, no answer is in sight to the political crisis. | stop | resume
PREP. during/in the ~ He was badly wounded during the fighting. | ~ between There has been renewed fighting between the government forces and the rebels.
PHRASES a lull in the fighting