In-fighting



[in-fahy-ting] /ˈɪnˌfaɪ tɪŋ/

noun
1.
at close range.
2.
between rivals, people closely associated, members of a group, etc.; internecine contention.
3.
free-for-all .
/ˈɪnˌfaɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
(boxing) combat at close quarters in which proper blows are inhibited and the fighters try to wear down each other’s strength
2.
intense competition, as between members of the same organization, esp when kept secret from outsiders
n.

1812, from pugilism, the practice of getting at close quarters with an opponent; see in + fighting. Old English infiht (n.) meant “brawl within a house or between members of a household.”

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