battle line


: a line along which a battle is fought
: a line defining the positions of opposing groups in a conflict or controversy
usually used in plural
battle lines were drawn over economic policies

Examples of battle line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In neighboring West Virginia, a GOP Senate primary reflects the deepening battle lines among Republicans in Congress. Karissa Waddick, USA TODAY, 13 May 2024 Now, after three years of desperate resistance, the battle lines are changing fast. Hannah Beech Adam Ferguson, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 In a war in which the battle lines have moved little in the past year, any kernel of information can provide an edge. Kostiantyn Khudov, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 The panel's approval of a new state House map establishes the battle lines in Michigan's electoral landscape with several months to go until elections this fall to decide which party will control the chamber. Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for battle line 

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battle line was in 1751

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“Battle line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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