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

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The first time Tim Elliott saw Winx, the pit bull was whimpering in the corner of a north-side post office, shot in the face. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Dog found shot, covered in bleach adopted by IMPD officer who rescued him," 11 July 2018 Firefighters rescued an upside-down pit bull puppy that fell into a drainage pipe outside a Ferguson, Missouri, apartment. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Firefighters rescue pit bull puppy that fell 20 feet down a pipe in Ferguson, Mo. | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 In fact, pit bull type dogs have long been popular family pets, noted for their affection and loyalty. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Delta Airlines Bans Pit Bulls as Service and Support Animals," 23 June 2018 In addition to banning pit bull-type dogs, Delta also announced that passengers will now be limited to one emotional support animal per passenger. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Delta Airlines Bans Pit Bull-Type Service and Emotional Support Dogs from All Flights," 22 June 2018 Its sibling and mother, both pit bulls, were also family pets. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pit bull attack that killed baby ruled accidental; panicky 911 call released by police," 7 June 2018 The animal inside, a brindle pit bull with a white chest, was found starved to death, the paper reported. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Someone left a pit bull to starve to death in a buried 'torture chamber,' Penn. cops say," 31 May 2018 The couple’s pit bull, Bully, attacked neighbor, Doris Mixon Smith, whose arm was ripped off under her elbow and face suffered massive injuries. Alexandro Luna, San Antonio Express-News, "Four-year-old Converse boy killed by family dog," 25 Mar. 2018 One officer pulled a service weapon and fired, killing the dog, believed to be a pit bull. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police fatally shoot ‘vicious’ pit bull that owner says she was trying to control," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of pit bull

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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