pit bull


Definition of pit bull

1 or pit bull terrier : a muscular, short-haired, stocky dog (such as an American pit bull terrier or American Staffordshire terrier) of any of several breeds or a hybrid with one or more of these breeds that was originally developed for fighting and is noted for strength, stamina, and tenacity
2 : an aggressive and tenacious person

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a pit bull who won't let anyone stand in her way to the top of the corporate ladder
Recent Examples on the Web Since 2017, the police department received 44 dog bite incidents; seven involved pit bull breeds. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 One woman spoke to councilmembers with her service dog for anxiety, Max, who is a pit bull-bulldog mix. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, 15 July 2021 In June 2019, Kovu, a pit bull-rottweiler mix, had been picked up as a stray after a car crashed through Nieves' fence, creating a hole the dog was able to escape through, WFMZ reported. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 10 July 2021 The pair regularly mountain bike, hike with their 11-year-old pit bull Bella and snowboard in the winter. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 The same can be said about Baylor’s 6-foot-2 pit bull Davion Mitchell. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 19 June 2021 Although the two were never particularly close in New York, Mr. Trump enjoyed having the former mayor as his personal legal pit bull during the special counsel investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2021 Blue's owner is truck driver Chris Robinson, who started bringing Blue on drives for companionship when the pit bull was four months old. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 2 July 2021 The O’Connell family’s rescue dog, Pepper, trudges through the backyard, now joined by Eilish’s year-old rescue, Shark, a gray pit bull. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of pit bull

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pit bull was in 1927

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18 Jul 2021

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“Pit bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pit%20bull. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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