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Definition 1: a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling) - [noun denoting act]

(dogfight is a kind of ...) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

Definition 2: an aerial engagement between fighter planes - [noun denoting act]

(dogfight is a kind of ...) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

"Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

Definition 3: disorderly fighting - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for dogfight in the sense of this definition

(dogfight is a kind of ...) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

Definition 4: a fiercely disputed contest - [noun denoting event]

Samples where dogfight or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • their rancor dated from a political dogfight between them
  • a real dogfight for third place
  • a prolonged dogfight over their rival bids for the contract

(dogfight is a kind of ...) an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

Definition 5: engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane - [verb of competition]

(dogfight is a kind of ...) battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

"The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq" "We must combat the prejudices against other races" "they battled over the budget"

Definition 6: arrange for an illegal dogfight - [verb of creation]

(dogfight is a kind of ...) plan, organize, and carry out (an event)

"the neighboring tribe staged an invasion"

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