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
dogfighterplay \-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.
Recent Examples of dogfight from the Web
Murdoch’s network still leads, but Maddow scores key victories Fox recovers after third-place finish in weeknight audience Fox News and MSNBC are finishing the month of May in a dogfight for the viewers advertisers prize most.
Eight times during the two-week war game, individual German Typhoons flew against single F-22s in basic fighter maneuvers meant to simulate a close-range dogfight.
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First Known Use of dogfight
DOGFIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dogfight for English Language Learners
: 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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