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[guhn-fahyt] /ˈgʌnˌfaɪt/
a battle between two or more people or groups armed with guns, especially a confrontation between two gunfighters using revolvers in the frontier days of the American West.
Origin of gunfight
1650-60; gun1 + fight Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As the suspects ran up a steep flight of stairs, the officers engaged them in a gunfight.
  • The owner of the second home suffered injuries in a gunfight that also left one of his attackers critically wounded.
  • Camp, outside, heard the gunfight and immediately ran inside to help.
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  • Bly had run into that house during the gunfight and the recovered handgun bore his fingerprints.
  • The soldiers caught up with them after a few hours, and a gunfight ensued.
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British Dictionary definitions for gunfight


(mainly US) a fight between persons using firearms
Derived Forms
gunfighter, noun
gunfighting, noun
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