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

Other Words from dogfight

dogfight intransitive verb
dogfighter \ ˈdȯg-​ˌfī-​tər How to pronounce dogfight (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 next two quarters devolved into a dogfight between the both team’s stars. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 The Philadelphia 76ers are headed into a likely dogfight against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Employers of all sizes are in a dogfight for workers, offering better working conditions and more professional development to fill the nearly 11 million positions that were open in December. Christine Romans, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 Government software contracts can be worth tens of millions or even billions of dollars for a tech company, and competition for them can be a dogfight. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 In 2024, if the ACE program goes according to plan, four A.I.-enabled L-39s will participate in a live dogfight in the skies above Lake Ontario. The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 That dream died quickly, as MSU committed 11 turnovers in the first 9 minutes, 16 seconds and found itself in a dogfight from the start. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 On Saturday night, the UConn men’s basketball team found itself in a dogfight of a game against DePaul, pulling out a 57-50 victory at Wintrust Arena. Shreyas Laddha,, 30 Jan. 2022 But the game Chrostowski is doing is a dogfight, goals traded back and forth until Pitt gets one across with 6:13 to go to take the lead, 3-2. Marc Bona, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Dogfight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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