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 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 Certainly, many Democratic hopefuls around the country are accepting help from multiple would-be presidents, and the alignments don’t always follow cleanly along the party’s philosophical battle lines. Washington Post, "2018 midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020," 21 May 2018 Meanwhile, the battle lines have been drawn in Nevada's pivotal Senate race, with incumbent Nevada Sen. Dean Heller set to face off in a highly competitive battle against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in November. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Pro-Trump firebrand Corey Stewart wins Virginia Senate primary, as crucial Nevada, North Dakota races take shape," 13 June 2018 The location of the pit also fits with the battle lines from the second battle. Washington Post, "Remains of Civil War soldiers found in pit of severed limbs," 20 June 2018 The political battle lines are set for a fierce confirmation fight over President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee. Fox News, "Senate fight awaits Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 With the battle lines forming for 2020, the soda industry has had little time to savor its recent victory. Melanie Mason,, "Healthcare groups want California voters to tax soda," 2 July 2018 Like other fights that have erupted in the era of President Trump, the battle lines quickly started blurring. Sean Sullivan, Washington Post, "Chris McDaniel announces Republican primary challenge against Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi," 28 Feb. 2018 At the time, Saturday’s protest didn’t just cause tempers to flare on the Dan Ryan and arterial roads; battle lines also were drawn in cyberspace as Rauner and Emanuel took to Twitter. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Father Pfleger waiting for elected officials' response before calling for future protests," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of battle line

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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