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 Mando escaping a firefight using his jetpack is among some of the fiery action in a new teaser video for The Mandalorian season 2. James Hibberd,, "The Mandalorian releases new season 2 teaser with fiery jetpack footage," 14 Oct. 2020 The nearly non-stop firefight in the West continues to take a toll, but the battle continues. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Strong winds and hot temperatures hamper firefighting efforts in Northern California," 2 Oct. 2020 On Friday afternoon a statement from the City of St. Helena noted the firefight was continuing west of Highway 29 near Larkmead Lane and up along Spring Mountain Road, adding the threat to the city remained, for now, unchanged. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "An idyllic country road in Napa, Sonoma counties seared by Glass Fire," 3 Oct. 2020 Firefighters in Northern California continue battling two major wildfires that have charred thousands of acres, and on Thursday, extreme winds and hot temperatures were making the firefight even more difficult. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Strong winds and hot temperatures hamper firefighting efforts in Northern California," 2 Oct. 2020 On October 27, 2019, after years of bloody, dictatorial leadership at the head of ISIS, Baghdadi blew himself up during a firefight with American and Kurdish forces. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "How Was Rukmini Callimachi Fooled by a Fake Terrorist?," 1 Oct. 2020 The firefight remains most active in the community of Ponderosa, where crews have worked around the clock to build fire lines after gusty winds caused the wildfire to roar back to life last week. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: A huge backlog of unemployment claims, and Ellen says she's sorry," 22 Sep. 2020 At least three people, a soldier and two of the 219 escapees, died in the firefight, according to Brig. Rodney Muhumuza, Star Tribune, "More than 200 naked inmates on run in Uganda after jailbreak," 16 Sep. 2020 The firefight was also raging further north near Lake Sonoma, where the hilly terrain is blanketed with smoke like thick fog. Sam Whiting,, "Firefighters battling Bay Area blazes brace for new lightning round as LNU, SCU fires grow to historic proportions," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of firefight

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 Oct 2020

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“Firefight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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