fire·​fight | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfīt How to pronounce firefight (audio) \

Definition of firefight

1a : a usually brief intense exchange of fire between opposing military units
b : a hostile confrontation that involves gunfire

Examples of firefight in a Sentence

a firefight between police and bank robbers
Recent Examples on the Web The firefight raised the specter of a return to sectarian violence in a country already struggling through one of the world's worst economic crises of the past 150 years. Arkansas Online, 16 Oct. 2021 The firefight renewed fears of factional violence and for many, dark memories of the past., 16 Oct. 2021 The three claimed by Hamas were killed in what the military described as a firefight with special police counterterrorism forces in Bidu. New York Times, 26 Sep. 2021 Then, before he could be evacuated, he was shot once in the right shoulder and three times in the right leg during an hour-long firefight. Gideon Gil, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 The movement that accompanies a firefight is exchanged for stillness in these images. Elliot Ackerman, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 While firefighters have been able to halt the fire's advance toward South Lake Tahoe, the firefight does continue in other areas of the massive blaze. CBS News, 6 Sep. 2021 Another day of favorable wind conditions was expected for Friday’s firefight, a welcome change after days of red flag warnings. Lauren Hepler, Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, officials prepared for the next possible phase of the firefight. Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of firefight

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 Oct 2021

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“Firefight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of firefight

: a battle in which people shoot guns especially : a usually short and fast gunfight between opposing military units

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