gun·fight | \ˈgən-ˌfīt \

Definition of gunfight 

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

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gunfighter \ˈgən-ˌfī-tər \ noun

Examples of gunfight in a Sentence

There was a gunfight between the rival gangs.

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Following the gunfight, the dead gunmen were found inside pickup trucks and SUVs or on the ground around them. Fox News, "1 policeman, 8 gunmen killed in shootout in western Mexico," 2 Apr. 2018 No gunfight was heard; instead men can be heard talking before gunshots ring out, followed by the wail of the dying man. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "138 people killed in 2 months in Bangladesh police crackdown on drug dealers," 12 July 2018 While wandering the streets, look for the sign identifying the location of that evening’s gunfight — because a cowboy is gunned down daily in the streets of Williams. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 The gunfight between police and the school shooter at Santa Fe High School last week lasted for almost a half hour. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for May 22: Trump & Justice Dept., North Korea, Sweden, Texas shooting," 22 May 2018 One man was shot in a gunfight in north Harris County Thursday night. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man injured in Cypress Station gunfight," 13 July 2018 Hudson says the dealers nearly got into a gunfight with the crew that usually works across from the elementary school down the block. Brad Heath, USA TODAY, "Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.," 12 July 2018 Sacred Games is awash in gunfights, dreamily gorgeous production, and tricky overhead shots. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 Borhan Uddin, a police commander in the district where Mr. Hossain lived, said he was killed in a gunfight as part of the antidrug campaign. Jon Emont And, WSJ, "Bangladesh Launches Deadly Drug Crackdown as Rohingya Crisis Fuels Smuggling," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of gunfight

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunfight was in 1659

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English Language Learners Definition of gunfight

: a fight in which people shoot guns at each other

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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