dogfight

[ dawg-fahyt, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌfaɪt, ˈdɒg- /

noun

a violent fight between dogs.
a fight between warring fighter planes.
any rough-and-tumble physical battle.

verb (used with object), dog·fought, dog·fight·ing.

to engage in a dogfight with.

verb (used without object), dog·fought, dog·fight·ing.

to engage in a dogfight.

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Origin of dogfight

1650–60; 1915 for def. 2; dog + fight
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British Dictionary definitions for dogfight

dogfight
/ (ˈdɒɡˌfaɪt) /

noun

close quarters combat between fighter aircraft
any rough violent fight
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