cock·​fight | \ ˈkäk-ˌfīt How to pronounce cockfight (audio) \

Definition of cockfight

: a contest in which gamecocks usually fitted with metal spurs are pitted against each other

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cockfighting \ ˈkäk-​ˌfī-​tiŋ How to pronounce cockfighting (audio) \ adjective or noun

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One heads to a cockfight, another rekindles an old flame in Manila, another takes on Filipino cuisine, and the last finds unexpected love while trying to heal deep wounds. Nick Romano,, "Hook actor Dante Basco makes leap to directing with The Fabulous Filipino Brothers," 12 Aug. 2019 Raul Torres is also accused of participating in cockfights. Eric Heisig,, "Former Cleveland boxer admits to laundering drug money through real estate, training roosters for cockfights," 3 July 2019 Usually, the dead were ferocious roosters, the losers in cockfights put on for rowdy gamblers. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Who shot the cockfight ref? Secret arena outside Miami was packed but nobody's talking," 12 June 2018 The movie flits between footage of a bullfight, a cockfight and a wrestling match. Ryan Kost,, "Queer art exhibition explores shaping force of ‘A History of Violence’," 12 June 2018 The cockfight was not a local affair, drawing attendees from nearby states, Gentry said. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Cockfighting ring busted in Arkansas: 130-plus arrested and nearly 200 chickens saved," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cockfight

circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cockfight was circa 1566

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English Language Learners Definition of cockfight

: a fight between roosters that people watch for entertainment

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