battle line


Definition of battle line

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

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The battle lines are especially complex in the Czech Republic. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Faces Challenge in Eastern Europe," 10 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, the battle lines are also being drawn for the fall election. Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, "‘If we don’t run, then we won’t achieve.’ Why a record number of women are eyeing a run for governor.," 1 Jan. 2018 This all goes to show that the ideological battle lines in modern politics are shifting. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The controversy around hoax studies in critical theory, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 The battle lines in the Senate over Judge Kavanaugh are still emerging. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Kavanaugh’s Path to Supreme Court Likely Goes Through Rand Paul," 24 July 2018 The riots spread throughout Athens, then beyond into Thessaloniki and elsewhere in Europe, drawing many of the battle lines that would ossify once the Greek crisis erupted the following year. Charly Wilder, New York Times, "Athens, Rising," 18 June 2018 Less than two months before Mexico's July 1 presidential election, front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is clashing with the nation's business elite in an escalating war of words that has calcified battle lines and helped send the peso tumbling. Kate Linthicum,, "Mexico's presidential front-runner is at war with business elites who warn he'll wreck the economy," 9 May 2018 While opposition to President Donald Trump is a unifying element for all Democrats right now, the battle lines are shaping up between these two factions as the party considers reforms to its nominating convention rules. Melissa Deckman, Vox, "Will young women of color shape the Democratic Party?," 23 Aug. 2018 The international effort extends the battle lines of an American campaign to keep Huawei electronics out of the U.S. Daphne Zhang, WSJ, "U.S. Push on Huawei Ripples Through Markets," 23 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of battle line

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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English Language Learners Definition of battle line

: a line of soldiers who are fighting in a battle

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