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dogfight

[dawg-fahyt, dog-]
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noun
  1. a violent fight between dogs.
  2. a fight between warring fighter planes.
  3. any rough-and-tumble physical battle.
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verb (used with object), dog·fought, dog·fight·ing.
  1. to engage in a dogfight with.
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verb (used without object), dog·fought, dog·fight·ing.
  1. to engage in a dogfight.
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Origin of dogfight

1650–60; 1915 for def 2; dog + fight
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dogfight

noun
  1. close quarters combat between fighter aircraft
  2. any rough violent fight
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Word Origin and History for dogfight

n.

"aerial combat," World War I air forces slang, from earlier meaning "riotous brawl" (1880s); from dog (n.) + fight (n.). The literal sense of "a fight among or between dogs" is from 1650s.

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