gun·​fight | \ ˈgən-ˌfīt How to pronounce gunfight (audio) \

Definition of gunfight

: a hostile encounter in which antagonists with guns shoot at each other

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gunfighter \ ˈgən-​ˌfī-​tər How to pronounce gunfight (audio) \ noun

Examples of gunfight in a Sentence

There was a gunfight between the rival gangs.
Recent Examples on the Web After the two engaged in a gunfight, the officers responded by firing 25 shots. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Police Chief Michel Moore told members of the Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday that Arroyos was killed in a gunfight with three men who tried to rob him. NBC News, 12 Jan. 2022 However, without proper investment in these areas, the U.S. Army could be showing up with the proverbial knife to a gunfight. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Several Taliban fighters died in a gunfight with other attackers. Harold Maass, The Week, 3 Nov. 2021 As a gunfight looms, the plot twists into a surprising act of Christmas mercy. John J. Miller, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 No spoilers, but there's a third-act gunfight in Old Henry that is particularly brutal and cathartic. Devan Coggan,, 1 Oct. 2021 The ensuing gunfight killed Melyda Corado, 27, the assistant store manager. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2021 An ally was injured and pinned down in the gunfight. Jeremy Redmon, ajc, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of gunfight

1659, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2022

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“Gunfight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunfight

: a fight in which people shoot guns at each other

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