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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Synonyms & Antonyms for pit bull


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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Remington, a young pit bull mix, was found abandoned in San Pasqual’s Bandy Canyon in March. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA highlights work of animal abuse unit, encourages the public to watch over neighbor pets," 24 June 2019 Jackie had little experience with pit bulls but would guess a young female might weigh forty, maybe fifty pounds, depending. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Olivia" by Sophia Veltfort," 2 June 2018 Laffey's main goal, rather than monetize the account, is to increase the visibility of pit bulls. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Influencer marketing goes to the dogs," 10 May 2018 At least 15 goats have been killed in Seminole County by two pit bulls that got loose Tuesday morning, according to a report on WOFL-Ch. The Web Staff, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pit bulls kill at least 15 goats in Seminole: report," 9 May 2018 Animals, Fair Oaks Drive: A man reported June 3 his friend was walking his dog for him when they were attacked by a pit bull. cleveland.com, "Mom provides no proof of babysitter after four-year-old wanders from home: South Euclid Police Blotter," 12 June 2019 Now Bam Bam, a blue pit bull who has his own Instagram feed, is one of Bernthal’s three rescue pups who make frequent appearances on Bernthal’s own Instagram feed. Melissa Locker, Time, "A Relaxed Dog Named Bam Bam Is the New Talking Point of the Big Video Game Expo," 11 June 2019 Dream, a former clown born Richard Archer, was a grim and lanky guy in his fifties who always had a black pit bull named Bleau Bell by his side. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of pit bull

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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