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fight

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flight response

The general activation of the sympathetic nervous system in response to stress.
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His early training, when he fought with Lip-lip and the whole puppy-pack, stood him in good stead.
He fought with many bullets in him, and he was hard to kill.
Why was the battle of Borodino fought? There was not the least sense in it for either the French or the Russians.
When he put up his arms, each day, to begin, they pained exquisitely, and the first few blows, struck and received, racked his soul; after that things grew numb, and he fought on blindly, seeing as in a dream, dancing and wavering, the large features and burning, animal-like eyes of Cheese-Face.
Furiously we fought, but the advantage was mine, for I stood upon a raised platform above them, and I fought for the most glorious woman of a glorious race, and I fought for a great love and for the mother of my boy.
Some bands, in strong positions, fought gallantly, but in the end every deserter from the militia met death.
They then turned back and fought in the front ranks.
For my part, I was fighting as I had fought a thousand times before--now sidestepping a wicked thrust, now stepping quickly in to let my sword's point drink deep in a foeman's heart, before it buried itself in the throat of his companion.
One fought on a "front," and behind that front the winner's supplies and resources, his towns and factories and capital, the peace of his country, were secure.
But neither of these two wounds was serious, and they only fought more earnestly.
One fought best in a losing game; another was too slow; another too impetuous; this one had fire and a heart of steel, but lacked endurance.
The things I had fought for and burned my midnight oil for had failed me.