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 Walker Cousineau, 14, and his family adopted Dave, a 6-year-old pit bull mix, a little over a month ago. Fox News, 15 Sep. 2022 All seven of the dogs were a pit bull mix, according to authorities, but no owner of the animal was identified at the time. Byjon Haworth, ABC News, 23 July 2022 The outlet reports the owner managed to pull the pit bull off Carson, but not before the dog reportedly caused nerve damage to the boy's face. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 And as California’s first-term governor positions himself as the national Democratic Party pit bull, no other issue is defining his political rise like health care. Angela Hart, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 Then, as the man separated the dogs, the pit bull bit his hand. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 7 July 2022 The mangey pit bull was covered in sores and scrapes, but her temperament showed through, Aguilera said. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 6 July 2022 The attack by the dog, reportedly a breed of pit bull, occurred Wednesday in the backyard of the woman’s home in Long Island, patch.com reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 29 July 2022 The quiet day was a bit of a reprieve for Williams, who had been chased by a pit bull while door-knocking in Bowie earlier in the week. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 See More

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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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28 Sep 2022

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“Pit bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pit%20bull. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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