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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Armour, who fired an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday at Detroit Golf Club, blamed his Big Ten bias for blurring one of college sports' clear battle lines. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "This PGA Tour golfer went to Ohio State. He rooted for Michigan in CWS," 27 June 2019 And the battle lines are also clearer, politically and in media. Sarah Ellison, Washington Post, "MSNBC is both a news channel and face of the Resistance. How will that impact the Democratic primary debate?," 22 June 2019 But the battle lines are clear: whoever controls the technological frontier controls the future. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 Either way, the battle lines have been drawn — and there’s been fighting on multiple fronts. USA TODAY, "Bills supporting religion-based rejection turning parents away from adoption agencies," 10 June 2019 As the streaming race between media companies heats up, battle lines are being drawn and strategies are taking shape. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Hulu Sale Sets Stage for Disney-Comcast Showdown," 16 Apr. 2019 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

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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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