an exchange of gunfire between two opposing forces, especially a skirmish between military forces.

1895–1900; fire + fight Unabridged
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firefight (ˈfaɪəˌfaɪt)
a brief small-scale engagement between opposing military ground forces using short-range light weapons

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Example sentences
It's not easy to take a urine test in the middle of a firefight.
Following a late-afternoon firefight, they can easily be home for dinner.
After the firefight, the camera quietly centers on a marine watching a heavy
  body bag carried by.
One police officer and four suspected drug traffickers were killed in a
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