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firefight

noun [C] uk   /ˈfaɪə.faɪt/ us    /ˈfaɪr-/
a fight, often unexpected, between opposing groups of soldiers in which they shoot at each other: The opposing units opened fire simultaneously at close range and a 15-minute firefight ensued.Fighting

firefight

verb [I] uk   /ˈfaɪə.faɪt/ us    /ˈfaɪr-/
to spend time on problems that need to be dealt with quickly, instead of working in a calm, planned way: Will the new manager be able to do anything other than firefight?Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring
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