Definition of firefight
1a : a usually brief intense exchange of fire between opposing military unitsb : a hostile confrontation that involves gunfire
2 : skirmish 2b
Examples of firefight in a Sentence
a firefight between police and bank robbers
Recent Examples of firefight from the Web
There’s always the sense that understanding the game’s map a little better—of handling a sudden firefight with just a little more grace—
Along with a second Hill staffer, two Capitol Hill police officers were wounded in the firefight.
During the firefight, weather radar picked up the black-gray smoke from the fire.
Witnesses have said the firefight lasted several minutes.
The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, was fatally shot in a firefight with police.
Hodgkinson died at a hospital after a firefight with law enforcement.
Militias backed by the two sides engaged in a firefight earlier this year during a battle for control of the airport in Aden.
Authorities didn’t mention any casualties from the firefight.
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FIREFIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
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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