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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Pakistan denied responsibility, but India launched airstrikes on a terrorist camp on Pakistan’s side of the border, prompting an aerial dogfight that led to at least one fighter jet being shot down and the capture of an Indian pilot. Washington Post, "Your Guide to India’s Upcoming General Election," 18 Sep. 2019 Manager Farke will be hoping that better days are to come for Hanley in order to avoid a relegation dogfight., "Norwich Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 8 Sep. 2019 Schulz, who served in the Army during World War II, began pulling back some on the war-themed strips during the Woodstock era, including Snoopy’s dogfight scenes piloting his fantasy plane, the Sopwith Camel. Michael Cavna, Twin Cities, "How Charles Schulz finally named that bird Woodstock after the 1969 music festival," 18 Aug. 2019 The one with the giant space station and a World War II-style dogfight. Trevor Fraser,, "'Return of the Jedi' swings musically into Dr. Phillips Center," 30 Apr. 2018 Pinnacle comes out of the dogfight with a comeback win 34-33 as Liberty couldn't convert on fourth-and-4 with 34 seconds left in the game. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How did Netflix portray Spencer Rattler on 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'?," 17 Aug. 2019 Among other laws Illinois has that Indiana does not are felony penalties for attending dogfights and prohibitions against possession of big cats, primates and bears as pets. Donna Vickroy,, "Fair Oaks Farm videos lead to outrage and questions — why does animal abuse occur and why is it so hard to punish?," 20 June 2019 The American League Central will either be a runaway, or a dogfight. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Confident Twins heading into crucial series with Cleveland: ‘I think we’re a better team.’," 7 Aug. 2019 After promotion back to the Premier League after three years away from the top flight, the Canaries are ready for what will likely be a dogfight for at the foot of the table next season., "Norwich City Fantasy Football: Every Player's Price in 2019/20 Game Revealed," 10 July 2019

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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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