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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
References in classic literature ?
It was the biggest clubhouse, and the biggest club, in all Chicago; and they had prizefights every now and then, and cockfights and even dogfights.
He said instead of wasting their time, energy and money on cock and dogfights the people should involve in constructive activities.
99 EVERSPACE concentrates on the raw thrills of interstellar dogfights.
She said gambling cartels from across the world were involved in the dogfights, which were openly organised in Hamad Town, Hidd and Budaiya.
Evans, Gauthier, and Forsyth (1998) interviewed 31 American dogmen for between two and four hours at dogfights, at prefight meetings, and at the homes of the dogmen.
Asked why the police could not put a stop to the illegal dogfights run by Koreans, Cabrera said, "Those arrested for cruelty to animals are allowed to post bail.
Illegal dogfights are not the work of a single law-breaker (12) and instead constitute a form of organized crime.
Looks terrific when up in the air amidst the dogfights, but falls flat back on the ground.
THE 'REFEREE' in one of the bloodiest dogfights ever investigated by the RSPCA has had his prison sentence extended by five months.
Although dogfighting is a hugely concealed activity, it is possible to spot signs that dogs are being raised, trained and used in dogfights.
Few will apologize for Vick, who is sitting out at least part of the season to contest the grim allegations that he killed dogs and orchestrated dogfights for years.
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