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 gunfighter (audio) \ noun

Examples of gunfight in a Sentence

There was a gunfight between the rival gangs.

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Known for its place in history as a late 19th-century boomtown because of the presence of local silver mines, Tombstone is most famous as the site of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. New York Times, "Tucson Is a City That Encourages You to Explore," 28 Mar. 2018 Then another group of youths from the neighborhood fired back and a gunfight broke out. Gerardo Carrillo And Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "UN calls on neighbors to receive those fleeing Nicaragua," 31 July 2018 Roady declined to answer questions about the shootout and investigation Sunday, including whether police may have hit any students in a gunfight with the shooter., "Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'," 21 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of gunfight

1659, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gunfight

: a fight in which people shoot guns at each other

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