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Synonyms for dogfight

a fiercely disputed contest

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disorderly fighting

an aerial engagement between fighter planes

a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling)

arrange for an illegal dogfight

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engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane

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There are many 'underground' places in Bahrain, including Isa Town, where dog fights take place and it is a big profitable business to the people involved.
The bloody bouts have also taken on an international element as fight organisers now use sealed DVDs, often from the Middle East, and take bets on the filmed fight in a twist on the trade which is low risk compared to a real dog fight, although still illegal.
Cutting Edge: Going to the Dogs was screened in June and the scenes, including a real-life dog fight, sparked 1,800 complaints to Ofcom.
Here charity officers found a dog training centre where pit bulls were brutally trained to take part in dog fights.
One of Angus' ancestors, the 8th duke Douglas, was notoriously bloodthirsty, delighting in dog fights and other blood sports in the mid-1700s.
She said: ``The dog was certainly stolen and it looks as though he was taken away and used for dog fight training.
SADISTIC thugs are snatching pet cats and rabbits to use as live bait in dog fights.
When police raided Adio Clarke's home in Holly Road, Handsworth, they found 11 pit bull terriers, all suffering injuries caused by dog fights.
The court heard that when police raided 22-year-old Clarke's home, they found 11 pit bull terriers, all suffering injuries apparently caused by dog fights.
Among the grisly footage of the aftermath of dog fights are pictures of animals seized in Dublin, the staple marks clearly showing where their evil owners tried to close their wounds.
He explained: "Although we have no evidence or reports to substantiate claims that dogs are being stolen for use in dog fighting, we do have intelligence that organised dog fights are taking place in Scotland.
And in organised dog fights, there are often national, or even international links.
A newly released digital short entitled "Life on a Chain" including undercover footage of dog fights, major dog fighting cases, and expert insight;
The only inference I can draw [from the evidence] is that the purpose for keeping these dogs in the circumstances was for one purpose and one alone - to involve them in future dog fights.
is The investigator added: "We also found videos of dog fights from eastern Europe.