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.

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F-22s take to the sky, ready to fight and win dogfights. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What a Shooting War in the East China Sea Might Look Like," 27 Nov. 2013 From their first dogfights in December 1941 until their contracts expired in July 1942, the Tigers scourged the enemy with breathtaking courage. Gregory Crouch, WSJ, "‘The Flying Tigers’ and ‘A Few Planes for China’ Review: Tigers Over a Rising Sun," 19 July 2018 More than 11 years later, a handful of players still seem to be enjoying the online-only dogfight simulation, thanks in part to the game's inclusion in Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony keeping Warhawk, other PS3 game servers live through January [Updated]," 2 Nov. 2018 Exciting dogfights and winged combat have been a staple of the Star Wars movies ever since Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 hopped in an X-wing to take down the first Imperial Death Star. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Star Wars Resistance' takes over the animated skies this fall on Disney Channel," 26 Apr. 2018 As private companies, Lyft has long been the No. 2 player in the U.S. ride-hailing dogfight to Uber, the global behemoth with more diverse revenue streams and more market share. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Lyft had to beat Uber to an IPO filing," 6 Dec. 2018 Right now, the top clip on Reddit is a wild dogfight where a player parachutes out of a plane only to have that plane crash right into the enemy, sending their rival down in flames. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite adds planes and now people are playing it like Battlefield," 6 Dec. 2018 As has been well documented, the midfielder's contract with Schalke runs out at the end of the season, which has lead to the veritable dogfight that has ensued between the warring parties., "Leon Goretzka Yet to Decide on Future, Keeping Liverpool and Arsenal in the Hunt," 7 Jan. 2018 After being eliminated from the FA Cup, Southampton will now have to return to the grim reality of a Premier League relegation dogfight., "Mark Hughes Furious About Disallowed Goal and VAR As Southampton Fall to Chelsea in FA Cup Last 4," 23 Apr. 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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