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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The catfights, overacting and Berry's swagger in a skimpy, tight, leather outfit that would be right at home at a Hookers Ball make for campy fun. Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Catwoman': THR's 2004 Review," 23 July 2019 In this week's episode of Valley 101, head of podcasts Katie O'Connell takes a look at the public catfight that ensued. Katie O'connell, azcentral, "Why didn't Arizona use Frank Lloyd Wright's plans for its new capitol? Valley 101 explores," 22 July 2019 True to the ad's '80s inspiration, the clips, which are catching fire on social media, feature big hair, glam outfits, and catfights. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "See Irina Shayk Channel Her Inner Soap Star in the New Moschino Ad," 6 July 2019 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

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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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