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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barracuda, fire-breather, fire-eater, tiger



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Examples of pit bull in a Sentence

a pit bull who won't let anyone stand in her way to the top of the corporate ladder

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Knight and Rodriguez enjoy watching movies together and share a love of animals, including their pit bull, Peanuts, who Knight rescued after Peanuts was thrown in her yard and abandoned. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "How Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor Michelle Knight Found Love After Her Captivity," 25 Apr. 2018 Loki, Ryan Rossi's 14-month-old pit bull mix, has lived through the unimaginable. Nesa Mangal, Good Housekeeping, "Miracle Puppy Gets Hit by 13 Trains and Survives," 2 Mar. 2016 The dog, Dallas, along with 30 other pit bulls, were confiscated by officials with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) in 2015, according to The Washington Post. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Pit bull formerly used in fighting ring joins Virginia police department," 25 Sep. 2018 The reputation of pit bulls, deservedly or not, precedes them, and the owners of the home didn’t want to tangle with the collarless stray. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Lost dog's 'foster mother' sees a little of herself in his despair," 10 Apr. 2018 Young or high-energy dogs, such as pit bulls and other large breeds, may bark or jump and seem unfriendly when they are cooped up in small cages for too long, scaring away potential adoptive families, Santiago explained. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Doggy treadmills are a thing, and they're saving lives in Maricopa County," 25 May 2018 Kathryn Hurley, a director at a Los Angeles dog rescue service, has been flying for years with her pit bull dog, Jax, an emotional support animal that has been trained to behave on a flight. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Delta bans pit bulls as emotional support animals, citing dog attacks," 22 June 2018 New York Times calls Weissmann's Mueller's pit bull. Fox News, "Michael Caputo: My family receives threats over Russia probe," 5 May 2018 Residents in Miami-Dade County in Florida recently voted to retain the county's ban on owning pit bulls. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "10 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet," 30 Aug. 2012

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First Known Use of pit bull

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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