firefight

noun

fire·​fight ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfīt How to pronounce firefight (audio)
1
a
: a usually brief intense exchange of fire between opposing military units
b
: a hostile confrontation that involves gunfire
2

Examples of firefight in a Sentence

a firefight between police and bank robbers
Recent Examples on the Web Listen to this article A Florida teenager fatally shot his mother and father and wounded a police officer before cops killed him in a firefight, according to authorities. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 17 June 2024 He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, along with a bystander who was struck by shrapnel during the firefight. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 30 May 2024 Read more about it in the Foreign Affairs archive. 2003: Saddam Hussein's Sons Killed Qusay and Uday Hussein are killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Mosul. Foreign Affairs, 28 Dec. 2016 One devastating firefight in which a member of his tank crew died as shrapnel went through his steel helmet took a heavy emotional toll. Roger Cohen Laetitia Vancon, New York Times, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for firefight 

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of firefight was in 1899

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“Firefight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firefight. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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