Meaning of dogfight in English:



  • 1A close combat between military aircraft.

    ‘Sergeant Smith and a colleague were in a dogfight with an enemy aircraft’
    • ‘In time, they battled over trenches in World War I, engaged in dogfights with other aircraft, attacked ground troops and disrupted enemy activity near the front lines.’
    • ‘The Americans lost only twenty-two fighter aircraft in dogfights or to flak over Guam; nine more planes were lost operationally or on search missions.’
    • ‘Battle of Britain is a wonderful film if what you principally want to see are lots of vintage World War II aircraft engaged in aerial dogfights.’
    • ‘US pilots, having overwhelming numbers, then shot down one of the two remaining aircraft when Nowotny's engines malfunctioned during the dogfight.’
    • ‘Now they could only wait for the range to close and the dogfight to begin.’
    • ‘All engagements - whether they are air-to-air dogfights or hand-to-hand combat - conform to this simple, powerful and insightful model.’
    • ‘I noticed how almost every kind of military strategy, from air force dogfights to large scale naval maneuvers, is based on the idea of Fire and Motion.’
    • ‘I had read little or nothing about the photo troops but read many books on fighter pilots, bomber raids, dogfights and the like.’
    • ‘The enemy's apparent reluctance tempted some of the novice Hellcat pilots to break formation and seek dogfights.’
    • ‘As a result, they could not adapt to the fast maneuvering by North Vietnamese fighters during dogfights.’
    • ‘The book relates not only the excitement of dogfights, but also incidents of bailouts and accidents during the flying and fighting that took place over Korea.’
    • ‘In a dogfight near Venlo in The Netherlands, his Spitfire was hit but he still shot down a Messerschmitt.’
    • ‘So far, the Korea-style dogfight seems to have all but disappeared from the air-to-air battle.’
    • ‘When the aircraft closed in on each other - at hundreds of miles per hour - the dogfights began.’
    • ‘Instead of recounting endless dogfights or mission recaps, Brulle shows the attitudes and viewpoints of the men who were primarily engaged in tactical air support.’
    • ‘The flak was still there, though not nearly as heavy, and I could see at least two dogfights.’
    • ‘Being over friendly territory, I could see no reason for landing immediately, so I turned toward a big dogfight and shortly had another 190 in my sights.’
    • ‘An aerial dogfight swiftly erupted at 8000 feet above the Adriatic.’
    • ‘The Zero was just too maneuverable to tackle in a dogfight.’
    • ‘First, early helmets did not take into account how often pilots use peripheral vision during a close-range dogfight.’
    fight, conflict, armed conflict, clash, struggle, skirmish, engagement, dogfight, affray, fray, encounter, confrontation
    1. 1.1A ferocious struggle for supremacy between interested parties.
      ‘the meeting deteriorated into a dogfight’
      • ‘At such an early stage of the season, this was never going to be exactly a relegation dogfight - but it was certainly competed with the ferocity of one.’
      • ‘Recent good work by the team looked light years away and they have now got themselves embroiled in a dogfight that they might struggle to win.’
      • ‘With his claiming more MP supporters than all his four rivals combined, he is assured a place in the final, two-person dogfight - where a winner is chosen by a vote of the 300,000 party members.’
      • ‘According to stockbrokers, the group has emerged from last year's dogfight over supermarket contract renewals in ‘pretty good shape’.’
      • ‘With its first 19 games against the A.L. West, the club will get a preview of what appears to be another three-team dogfight for the division.’
      • ‘They are in a comfortable fourth place in the Nationwide Conference standings and can taste a place in the historic first ever end-of-season dogfight.’
      • ‘Consumers clearly need an objective referee to sort out this dogfight, and that should be the transportation authority's job.’
      • ‘A right, auld political dogfight is shaping up in the town and surrounds as local election activity starts to step up a gear.’
      • ‘It survived by the skin of its teeth in the first season and, in the second, Richmond invested heavily in talent to prevent another dogfight.’
      • ‘Let's leave politicians to their boring old dogfight and put ourselves on centre stage.’
      • ‘There is no exciting relegation dogfight for those at the bottom end of the scale.’
      • ‘This should be a physical, knock-down, drag-out dogfight of a game.’
      • ‘That's when qualifiers from the 14 regional venues will join the exempted players in a 36-hole dogfight over four courses for a coveted place in the starting line-up on Thursday week.’
      • ‘The great man was so exhausted in the four-hour marathon dogfight that he stood at the back of the court vomiting early in the fifth set.’
      • ‘Moorby knows his side are in for a typical bottom-of-the-table dogfight and he has instructed his players to take control from the outset.’
      • ‘We want to be in that dogfight for the overall win.’
      • ‘As everyone recognises, the rebuilding of New Orleans and the rest of the afflicted Gulf region will be an epic political dogfight.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if the cable operator gets there just in time, they're likely to end up in a dogfight with the competition for every single customer.’
      • ‘They play a similar style to us, so it's going to be a dogfight, a hard battle, one we're looking forward to.’
      • ‘The battle for this market is shaping up into a trash-talking dogfight.’