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
The Rebels opened the season in a dogfight with Florida State and two games lost to Alabama during a 48-43 shootout.
Further strikes could eliminate the Syrian air capability entirely, removing any need to get into dogfights with them.
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.
A Quist victory would shock Republicans, who’ve seen the race shrink to a single-digit dogfight despite plenty of money and campaign visits by Donald Trump Jr. and Vice President Pence.
Photos and videos of the victims would then be circulated inside the football team, the suit alleges, which adds as an aside that illegal dogfights were common at the parties.
Despite his second-round selection, Smith-Schuster is in the mother of all dogfights for playing time on this year's Steelers roster.
Cincinnati City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson pulled off a big upset in a low-turnout mayoral primary on Tuesday, sending a message to incumbent John Cranley the next six months are going to be a dogfight.
Count on dogfights for the championship between Grandview, No.
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First Known Use of dogfight
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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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