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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At one time, a 3-year-old pit bull’s life was confined to a fighting ring in Canada. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Pit bull formerly used in fighting ring joins Virginia police department," 25 Sep. 2018 This is the fire that a pit bull alerted her family to in Stockton! Matthew Martinez, sacbee, "'Hero pup' pit bull tries to save baby from house fire by carrying her by the diaper," 9 June 2018 Amichi Bertrand, a 32-year-old African-American, walked his pit bull near the BeltLine on a recent weekday. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Atlanta’s Growing Pains Are Getting Worse," 31 Aug. 2018 The pit bull's cause of death was listed at a local animal clinic as non-accidental probable drowning, adds Action News Jax. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "A dead pit bull was found underwater, still in its cage. The tomb held clues, cops say.," 4 June 2018 Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths before they were retired during the event in an auditorium at the Chief Prosecutor's Office. Joshua Goodman And Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement," 21 Sep. 2018 An officer shot and killed a pit bull after the dog attacked and seriously hurt two people and then charged at police, according to the Taylor Mill Police Department. Jennifer Baker, Cincinnati.com, "Police shoot, kill pit bull after 2 attacked in NKY," 13 July 2018 In November 2017, a pit bull was found submerged in a creek in Orange Park, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "A dead pit bull was found underwater, still in its cage. The tomb held clues, cops say.," 4 June 2018 Lu is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (aka a pit bull) born on the streets of Cleveland. Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Staffordshire Bull Terrier (gently) knocks stereotypes on their head: Send us your pet rescue stories," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of pit bull

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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