dogfight

noun dog·fight \ ˈdȯg-ˌfīt \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

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

dogfight

intransitive verb

dogfighter

play \-ˌfī-tər\ noun

Examples of dogfight in a Sentence

  1. He was shot down in a dogfight over enemy territory.

  2. The election has turned into a real dogfight.

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First Known Use of dogfight

circa 1656

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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