dog·fight | \ˈdȯg-ˌfīt \

Definition of dogfight 

1 : a fight between dogs broadly : a fiercely disputed contest

2 : a fight between two or more fighter planes usually at close quarters

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Other Words from dogfight

dogfight intransitive verb
dogfighter \-ˌfī-tər \ noun

Examples of dogfight in a Sentence

He was shot down in a dogfight over enemy territory. The election has turned into a real dogfight.

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The original Top Gun featured aerial encounters and dogfights against Soviet pilots over the Indian Ocean. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Planes Will Tom Cruise Fly in 'Top Gun: Maverick'?," 31 May 2018 And while both are firmly in the hunt this year, both are likely in for some dogfights. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Cubs-Indians: Five stark differences since their 2016 World Series showdown," 22 May 2018 But Simmons knew this game was going to be a dogfight and was locked in long before the game started. Sarah Todd,, "Ben Simmons keeps his cool in chippy Sixers-Heat Game 5 battle," 24 Apr. 2018 The announcement immediately triggered what's expected to be an intense, 11-month dogfight. Jason Williams,, "PX: Aftab Pureval changes address, links Chabot to Trump, explains stance on abortion," 31 Jan. 2018 And this team is playing Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien while in a dogfight for the playoffs? 6. Peter King,, "NFC Is About to Get Real," 11 Nov. 2013 The film, which made its debut at Sundance this year, is told from the perspective of a wolfdog that is injured in a vicious dogfight. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ and the World Cup," 6 July 2018 Both schools are in a dogfight for Harrison, the nation’s No. 3 overall prospect. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 These fighters can evade radar even better than a B-2 and can defeat anything in a dogfight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of dogfight

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dogfight was circa 1656

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English Language Learners Definition of dogfight

: a fight between dogs

: a fight between fighter planes that are flying close to each other

: a fierce fight or struggle between people or groups

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