firefight

noun
fire·fight | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfīt \

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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However, another military official familiar with the Dec. 6 firefight, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, offered a different portrayal of the events. Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt And Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, "U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger," 14 Mar. 2018 The city’s police chief, Abur Razzaq Cheema, said six officers were wounded in an hours-long firefight. Washington Post, "Gunmen kill police officer’s son, uncle in Pakistan," 20 June 2018 Out on the Hillsborough River and the surrounding city, the U.S. and allied SOF used tech in a battle scenario complete with helicopters, firefights, fast boats and more. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "SOFIC: Where Special Operations shop for cutting-edge weapons," 24 May 2018 One officer sustained a gunshot wound in the wrist during the firefight, police say, and Williams’ body was found in the house. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He asked her, ‘Wanna be famous?’ on Facebook Live — then fired his rifle, La. cops say | Miami Herald," 13 Apr. 2018 Johnson were retrieved a few hours after the firefight on the evening of Oct. 4. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Military investigation of Niger disaster finds numerous failures in planning," 10 May 2018 Johnson were retrieved a few hours after the firefight on the evening of Oct. 4. Dan Lamothe And Missy Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "Military investigation of Niger debacle finds numerous failures in planning," 10 May 2018 Johnson were retrieved a few hours after the firefight on the evening of Oct. 4. Dan Lamothe And Missy Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Military investigation of Niger disaster finds numerous failures in planning," 10 May 2018 Unruh was ultimately hauled off by police after a dangerous firefight. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Her grandpa once hid in a closet to escape a mass murderer. This week, she did too.," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of firefight

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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firefight

noun

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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