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Difference between Fight for something and Fight over something

fight for something

1. struggle to defend smth.:

  • My Dad says we’ll all have to fight for our country when Der Tag comes. That’s German for the Day.

2. try in a determined way to get or achieve smth.:

  • Having fought for the prize so long, Gordon is destined to find in it only disappointment.

fight over something

1. struggle for the ownership of smth.:

  • They were too apt to go to law and fight over their lands and fishing rights.

2. argue or struggle over an issue:

  • The First World War was fought over a small thing. A mere scrap of paper.