prize·​fight | \ ˈprīz-ˌfīt How to pronounce prizefight (audio) \

Definition of prizefight

: a professional boxing match

Examples of prizefight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the outcome of this prizefight in at Allen Fieldhouse will depend upon the dozens and dozens of small acts within the game. Nick Moyle,, "Road matchup with No. 3 Kansas a measuring stick game for No. 8 Texas," 1 Jan. 2021 Two years of breathless coverage of TikTok as a fresh-faced force of delight and opportunity has made the app feel like an underdog bet in a prizefight against entrenched ne’er-do-wells, such as Trump and Facebook. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "For Whom the Tok Tiks," 6 Aug. 2020 For George, the Seven Years’ War (known as the French and Indian War in the U.S.) also meant a political prizefight at home. Sara Georgini, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Newly Digitized Military Maps Explore the World of George III," 26 Feb. 2020 Purcell Marian landed some shots and turned the game's final minutes into a prizefight. Alex Harrison,, "Purcell Marian girls basketball stumbles at free-throw line in regional final defeat," 7 Mar. 2020 Presidential races, Sharpton said, are like prizefights. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Democrats concerned and Trump emboldened following Iowa Democratic debate," 15 Jan. 2020 The movie sets up a kind of prizefight between the master manipulator, Frank Langella as Nixon, and the out-of-his-depth entertainer. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "For Filmmakers, Watergate Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving," 23 Oct. 2018 The 35,000-seat horseshoe saw decades of high school football on fall Fridays, college football on Saturdays, occasional NFL games, rodeos, dirt-track auto racing, circuses, prizefights, Easter sunrise services and music. Washington Post, "Icon to eyesore: Storied Akron Rubber Bowl awaits demolition," 9 June 2018 Bevin bells open and close the New York Stock Exchange, mark rounds at prizefights and call kids to ice cream trucks. Laurencia Ciprus,, "A B&B In Belltown: Bevin House Buyer Planned A Quick Flip, Then Fell In Love With It," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of prizefight

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prizefight

earlier, "public sporting contest between two opponents," from prise, price, prize "sporting contest usually between two opponents, as a fencing or wrestling match" + fight entry 2, after prizefighter

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The first known use of prizefight was in 1929

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11 Jan 2021

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“Prizefight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prizefight

: a fight between two professional boxers for money

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