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

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Young Somalis chanted anti-U.S. slogans while sitting atop one of two Black Hawk helicopters shot down in Mogadishu during a firefight with Somali guerrillas in October 1993. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 The soldiers immediately found themselves in a heavy firefight with al-Shabaab. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 Danish initially said that two Afghan security forces were wounded in a subsequent firefight, but later revised the number to six, including some civilians. Fox News, "Rockets strike Afghan capital in latest spike of violence," 21 Aug. 2018 Fyre firefight aside, there are significant overlaps between the projects. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Which Fyre Festival Documentary Should You Watch: Hulu or Netflix?," 15 Jan. 2019 Simon was referring to the dramatic firefight between Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos, which derailed the Open final. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "The Serena Williams Rule? A Push to Drop Penalties for On-Court Coaching," 1 Oct. 2018 Combat fits into always-moving system without making aiming or navigation a pain during the game's memorable, explosive firefights. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 In the April 30 incident, Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, was shot by enemy fighters in a firefight in Kapisa province while providing security for U.S. Special Operations troops. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "One U.S. service member killed, two wounded, in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan," 7 July 2018 In July, the police and black snipers engaged in a firefight in Cleveland. New York Times, "How Robert Kennedy’s Assassination Changed American Politics," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of firefight

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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