from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a fight in which the enemy is continually chased; also, one which continues without definite end or result.
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It was also in 1860 that this topic was discussed before a jury of experts at the meeting of the British Association at Oxford, and from that time a sort of running fight on the same subject was carried on, until it culminated at the Cambridge Meeting of the Association in 1862, by my friend Sir W. Flower's public demonstration of the existence in the apes of those cerebral characters which had been said to be peculiar to man.
From the Graf Spee's Action Report: At 0612 course was changed to 115 for a running fight to starboard.
As the formation of Nazi bombers fell apart and began to dive and tumble from the sky, the Hurri - canes turned steeply, then put their wings over and fell among them in a running fight in which fourteen out of the twenty were destroyed or badly damaged.
The voice called again, and this time a man shouted in answer from the frigate's bow, explaining that the Espiritu Santo had been in a running fight with the devil Cochrane these last six days, and that the frigate was filled with wounded, but praise God and Saint James they had slaughtered and wounded scores of their enemies and might even have killed that devil Cochrane with their gunnery.
The main and mizzen topmasts had been unshipped and slung down to the deck to make it seem that she had suffered damage in what Puerto Crucero's defenders must be convinced had been a long running fight at sea.
I accompanied Lieutenant Brady, who commanded, and we had a running fight with the Indians, lasting several hours.