dog fought

dogfight

[dawg-fahyt, dog-]
noun
1.
a violent fight between dogs.
2.
a fight between warring fighter planes.
3.
any rough-and-tumble physical battle.
verb (used with object), dogfought, dogfighting.
4.
to engage in a dogfight with.
verb (used without object), dogfought, dogfighting.
5.
to engage in a dogfight.

Origin:
1650–60; 1915 for def 2; dog + fight

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

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dogfight
"aerial combat," World War I air forces slang, from earlier meaning "riotous brawl" (1880s); from dog (n.) + fight.
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