firefight

noun fire·fight \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfīt \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of firefight

1 a : a usually brief intense exchange of fire between opposing military units
b : a hostile confrontation that involves gunfire
2 : skirmish 2b

Examples of firefight in a Sentence

  1. a firefight between police and bank robbers

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First Known Use of firefight

1899

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Definition of firefight for English Language Learners

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


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