gunfight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gunfight a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
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Idioms

Bring a knife to a gunfight - If someone brings a knife to a gunfight, they are very badly prepared for something.
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Usage

In literature:

He never does get into a real, good, plain, stand-up gunfight if he can possibly help it.
"Arizona Nights" by Stewart Edward White
Same old stunt of you gunfighters?
"The Lone Star Ranger" by Zane Grey
This elderly, round-bellied, and bald-headed gunfighter, too, had a wife and family.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
Texas, the land of gunfighters, had seen few who were equal to him in cool nerve and keen eye and swift hand.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
More than one gunfighter has been in the same place, forced to act as a public menace long after he has ceased to feel any desire to fight.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
The talk had fallen on gunfighting, and Bob, as usual, was trying to draw Ware out.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Natural target in a gunfight, and in a rough-and-tumble it gets them all tangled up.
"Null-ABC" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
But I felt like a Boy Scout being sent to round up a gang of gunfighters.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Heard tell of gunfighters knotchin' their irons for each man they take in a shootout.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
He was a regular gunfighter, ma'am; he'd been hired to put me out of business.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
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In news:

Suspect Killed When SWAT Raid Triggers Gunfight .
Illness or a gunfight .
Review of ' Gunfight ,' by Adam Winkler.
Trio receives three years in gunfight that killed 2 during drug deal at apartment complex.
Twelve gang members and four tribesmen were killed during the gunfight , he says.
Probe underway in remote area of Honduras after gunfight involving US drug agents.
Shell casings indicate at least one other shooter in deadly gunfight in San Bernardino park.
Police recover a revolver possibly used in a San Bernardino gunfight in which two men were killed, a woman gravely injured and another man shot in the foot.
Car sale turns into gunfight in Hillsville.
Gunfight Preceded Rescue of Ramos.
It wasn't the last gunfight in the Old West, and it didn't take place at the O.K.
Hells Angels Leader Killed in Casino Gunfight .
Don't bring a knife to a gunfight … over Afghan strategy.
Dixie Sheriff's Captain Killed in Gunfight , Suspect Shot.
Mexican drug lord killed in gunfight with federal forces.
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