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on the Web Aurora’s City Council is discussing whether to change its law, however, and Castle Rock’s Town Council repealed its pit bull ban in 2018. Conrad Swanson, The Denver Post, "No repeal of Denver pit bull ban after all: Mayor to veto council decision," 14 Feb. 2020 Hours later, two pit bull-mix dogs got out of the Joliet home's basement. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Ill. Girl, 1, Is Mauled to Death by Dogs at 4th of July Party," 9 July 2020 Police said someone reported finding the brindle pit bull about 8 a.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Harding Street, near Slater Street. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Dog severely wounded with ‘arrow-type object’ in South Dallas, police say," 7 July 2020 However, thanks to the Arizona Humane Society’s partnership with Maricopa Animal Care and Control, this sweet 9-month-old pit bull terrier was saved through AHS’ Project Reachout program when she was transferred to AHS for treatment. The Arizona Republic, "Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 4 July 2020 Dog attack, Tollis Parkway: On May 29, a screaming woman called police after she and her son were attacked by the family’s pit bull. John Benson, cleveland, "Dog attacks family; homeowner uses knife and hammer to save teen son: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 1 July 2020 Zachary was about 2 years old, a handsome, robust pit bull. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Who was that masked man, Fido?," 4 June 2020 Criscitiello—owners of a springer spaniel named Lewis and a pit bull mix named Doughy, respectively—approached the managers with an idea: What if there was a way to buy the daycare and hand the keys to the staff? Vanessa A. Bee, The New Republic, "A Quiet Workplace Revolution in the Shadow of Silicon Valley," 3 June 2020 Instead, Donald Trump’s diplomatic pit bull in Brussels was preparing to appear at the presidential impeachment inquiry in Washington. Washington Post, "Sondland’s style created tension in EU before impeachment," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pit bull

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Aug 2020

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“Pit bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pit%20bull. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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