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infighting

Boxing combat at close quarters in which proper blows are inhibited and the fighters try to wear down each other's strength
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Although Myer was an excellent lobbyist and bureaucratic infighter, he would find Stanton to be a formidable adversary.
As an administrator, Bowra became the ultimate Oxford infighter.
The promptness of his resignation, however, just one day after the NEC's decision to recall him, suggested that an experienced infighter like Mbeki had made the calculations and had realised he faced total humiliation if things were pushed to a vote in the National Assembly.
Obama's top liaison to Congress, Phil Schiliro, is a skilled political infighter and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, is one of the few people who can boast of shouting down Sean Hannity of Fox News on Hannity's own show, reports the New York Times.
The revered Isaac Newton was a paranoid, vindictive infighter who made enemies of both Leibniz and Hooke, two eminent rivals, and gleefully presided over the drawing and quartering of a political enemy.
A merely capable battlefield leader, Schofield proved a superb bureaucratic infighter after the war, whether dealing with presidents, Congress, or his fellow generals.
However, data suggest that Johnson's outlandish grandstanding could just as well have been due to his training and practice as a trial lawyer in West Virginia or as a bureaucratic infighter in the War Department.
Writing about the essays and fiction of the New York Jewish intellectuals in the middle of the twentieth century, Irving Howe said they took intense pleasure in disputation and built their collective style around a sense of tournament, the writer cast as "skilled infighter juggling knives of dialectic.
As a former successful union leader who wrested control of Labor from an entrenched old guard, Peretz's abilities as an infighter should not be underestimated.
Second, he wasn't merely a fighter; he was an infighter.
While we are all familiar with Perot the candidate, Sifry shows us his skills as an infighter seeking to control his organizational bases.
Front runner is The Infighter, followed closely by The Weakly, and finally The Sunday Dead Man.