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Dogfight

Posted by Lotg on December 14, 2003

Yesterday we were watching some magpies get stuck into each other in the sky. The comment was, they're having a real dogfight up there.

I'm only familiar with this term arising from WWII (maybe WWI) fighter plane fights in the skies. To begin with, is that where the term originated, and secondly, why would a fight carried out in the sky be called a 'dogfight'? Why wouldn't you call it a birdfight for example (except maybe that it doesn't sound as vicious)?