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dog·fight

 (dôg′fīt′, dŏg′-)
n.
1.
a. A violent fight between or as if between dogs.
b. An illegal, organized fight between dogs, arranged for spectator entertainment and betting.
2. An aerial battle between fighter planes.
v. dog·fought, dog·fight·ing, dog·fights
v.intr.
1. To arrange illegal dogfights.
2. To engage in a dogfight.
v.tr.
To engage in a dogfight with.

dog′fight′er n.

dogfight

(ˈdɒɡˌfaɪt)
n
1. (Military) close quarters combat between fighter aircraft
2. any rough violent fight

dog•fight

(ˈdɔgˌfaɪt, ˈdɒg-)

n., v. -fought, -fight•ing. n.
1. a violent fight between dogs.
2. combat between enemy aircraft.
3. any rough-and-tumble physical battle.
v.t.
4. to engage in a dogfight with.
v.i.
5. to engage in a dogfight.
[1650–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dogfight - a fiercely disputed contest; "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"
contest, competition - an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
2.dogfight - disorderly fightingdogfight - disorderly fighting      
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - 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"
3.dogfight - an aerial engagement between fighter planes
battle, engagement, fight, conflict - 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"
4.dogfight - a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling)
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - 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"
Verb1.dogfight - arrange for an illegal dogfight
stage, arrange - plan, organize, and carry out (an event); "the neighboring tribe staged an invasion"
2.dogfight - engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane
battle, combat - 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"
Translations

dogfight

[ˈdɒgfaɪt] N (Aer) → combate m aéreo (reñido y confuso) (= squabble) → trifulca f, refriega f

dogfight

dog fight [ˈdɒgfaɪt] n
(= struggle) (between competitors, organizations)bagarre f
(between planes)combat m entre avions de chasse

dogfight

[ˈdɒgˌfaɪt] n
b. (dogs) → combattimento fra cani
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