Etymology
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dogfight (n.)

also dog-fight, "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 (Middle English had dogg feghttyng, c. 1500).

updated on September 26, 2018

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Definitions of dogfight from WordNet
1
dogfight (n.)
a fiercely disputed contest;
their rancor dated from a political dogfight between them
a prolonged dogfight over their rival bids for the contract
a real dogfight for third place
dogfight (n.)
disorderly fighting;
Synonyms: hassle / scuffle / tussle / rough-and-tumble
dogfight (n.)
an aerial engagement between fighter planes;
dogfight (n.)
a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling);
2
dogfight (v.)
arrange for an illegal dogfight;
dogfight (v.)
engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane;
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