dog·​fight | \ ˈdȯg-ˌfīt How to pronounce dogfight (audio) \

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 \ ˈdȯg-​ˌfī-​tər How to pronounce dogfighter (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Battle of Endor and Death of Vader As the Imperial Fleet and the Rebellion dogfight in space, and Han, Leia, and Chewie battle Empire forces on the ground, Luke and Vader duel on Death Star II. Nick Romano,, "'A long time ago': A Star Wars timeline," 6 Dec. 2019 As the strain of three extra-time dogfights caught up to Croatia, France seized the opportunity to sprinkle some flair back onto its World Cup. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Wins the World Cup," 15 July 2018 Yet in Iowa, where the first contest of the Democratic primary will be held in February, the two Democratic hopefuls are locked in a dogfight for senior citizens, a pivotal demographic given their high turnout rate. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Joe Biden is trying to win over Iowa seniors enamored with Pete Buttigieg," 24 Dec. 2019 There are dancing lightsabers and X-wings a-plenty, with more sword battles and space dogfights than the last two films combined. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Rise of Skywalker," 18 Dec. 2019 Wizards, dragons, princesses, horses, cars, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, ray guns, teddy bears, his family dog, pirates, car chases, Nazis, gangsters, samurai, dogfights, gunfights, swordfights, fist fights, gladiators, spies, castles, and robots. Wired, "The WIRED Guide to Star Wars," 22 Nov. 2019 There have been plenty of space dogfight scenes since then, including in Star Wars films, but most fans agree the Death Star run remains the best with its painstaking use of models rather than computer effects. James Hibberd,, "1977 Star Wars scene changed in one key way during filming," 21 Nov. 2019 The team’s confidence is growing, which will show Saturday as Purdue (-9.5, -115) will find itself in a dogfight. Johnny Parlay, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Illinois at Purdue odds, picks and best bets," 24 Oct. 2019 What’s ahead: The Pacific Division is going to be a dogfight. Ross Mckeon,, "How the San Jose Sharks break down at the NHL season’s quarter point," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dogfight.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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