cat·​fight | \ ˈkat-ˌfīt How to pronounce catfight (audio) \

Definition of catfight

: an intense fight or argument especially between two women

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There were opposing YouTube channels, squabbles over boys—all the makings of catfight fodder that fed tabloids for years. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Miley Cyrus Just Addressed the Rumor She Feuded With Demi and Selena During Their Disney Years," 28 May 2019 Once again, the fate of EU-U.K. relations, the prosperity of businesses & citizens’ rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "UK’s May wins no-confidence vote by MPs unhappy over Brexit," 12 Dec. 2018 After hearing the idea, a female producer asked if the two women could get in a catfight. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Offbeat at All Times, Parker Posey Finds a New Venue: Her Memoir," 30 June 2018 Alas, Michaels wasn’t the first critic to accuse Cohen of exploiting women (and whipping up catfights) for Bravo ratings. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Are Andy Cohen and the Real Housewives Sexist?," 2 May 2018 Time For those Americans who love a catfight, especially among famous women, Monday was Round 2 between Jane Fonda and Megyn Kelly. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Megyn Kelly vs. Jane Fonda: The scratching continues," 22 Jan. 2018 In the fifties and sixties, the catfight—say, two women wrestling while wearing lingerie—was a staple of fetish films and low-budget B-movies. Kayleen Schaefer, Glamour, "Female Friendships Are More Crucial Than Ever—So Why Do We Still Love a Catfight?," 13 Feb. 2018 In reality, according to news accounts and biographies of Jackie and Queen Elizabeth, there was a real tension to the visit beyond beauty and star power, a behind-the-scenes, passive-aggressive catfight left out of the episode. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Fact checking ‘The Crown’: Jackie Kennedy vs. Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace," 9 Dec. 2017 And though there is a catfight — bringing back one of the most infamous moments from the original show — this time, the squabble is happening because both Fallon Carrington and Cristal are vying for a leadership position at Carrington Atlantic. Faith Cummings, Teen Vogue, "Dynasty Fashion: An Interview With the Cast and Wardrobe Stylist," 3 Nov. 2017

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of catfight

informal : an angry fight or argument between two women

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