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.
Recent Examples on the Web Experts on firearms training have said the adrenaline that flows during a live gunfight can cause officers to make mistakes. New York Times, "N.Y.P.D. Officer Was Killed by ‘Friendly Fire’ During a Struggle With Suspect," 30 Sep. 2019 And maybe that was the idea all along: to tug at our sense of frustration in between the jokes and the gunfights. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Stuber is just an okay comedy, but it’s great dystopian horror," 12 July 2019 Police have said the other two officers chased the man outside, there was a brief gunfight and the suspect was hit and ran, but was caught about a block away. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's top cop questions if officer death could've been prevented, opens investigation," 22 Nov. 2019 Wizards, dragons, princesses, horses, cars, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, ray guns, teddy bears, his family dog, pirates, car chases, Nazis, gangsters, samurai, dogfights, gunfights, swordfights, fist fights, gladiators, spies, castles, and robots. Wired, "The WIRED Guide to Star Wars," 22 Nov. 2019 The climactic gunfight is thrilling and surprisingly violent. Joey Morona, cleveland, "‘The Mandalorian’ premieres on Disney+ with a big shocker (spoiler)," 12 Nov. 2019 His bedroom door was always locked, and when his grandmother stood on the veranda and peered through his window, he was invariably engrossed in an on-screen gunfight. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "He played for 72 hours straight: South Korea wrestles with video game addiction," 17 Oct. 2019 Less than a week after a 17-year-old was shot and an elderly bystander killed in a chaotic gunfight between rival teenagers in Hartford, the city’s mayoral candidates said youth violence is a problem with no clear solution. Rebecca Lurye,, "After violent week, Hartford mayoral candidates struggle to address issue of youth crime," 28 Oct. 2019 Butler was beginning to leave when Harris placed a handgun at Butler's back, leading to a gunfight, according to court documents. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "He was convicted of fatally shooting a man when he was 17. Now he will serve 75 years.," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

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“Gunfight.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunfight

: a fight in which people shoot guns at each other

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