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[fahyuh r-fahyt] /ˈfaɪərˌfaɪt/
an exchange of gunfire between two opposing forces, especially a skirmish between military forces.
Origin of firefight
1895-1900; fire + fight Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for firefight
  • 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 firefight.
  • And they even use live ammunition in the many firefight scenes, giving the soundtrack a jarringly authentic tone.
  • Both sides deployed as more units arrived on the field, and a sharp firefight developed.
  • The firefight was over nearly as quickly as it had begun.
  • His accuracy was the deciding factor in the outcome of the firefight.
  • Soon after, a few insurgents began to climb a set of stairs on the backside of the building where the firefight was taking place.
  • The fire is currently uncontained and high winds hindered the firefight overnight.
British Dictionary definitions for firefight


a brief small-scale engagement between opposing military ground forces using short-range light weapons
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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