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: a falling in wrestling of both contestants in which neither is given an advantage
: an inconclusive result to any kind of contest : draw, tie
: a throw of a steer resulting in a position with his feet still under him


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transitive verb

: to put (a steer) down by roping or bulldogging with his feet under him

Word History



dog entry 1 + fall

First Known Use


1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dogfall was in 1823

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“Dogfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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