battle line

noun

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

Examples of battle line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was a typical battle line for the housing debate more than a decade ago. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Children have become the new battle line in the Covid pandemic, with cases among children still low, but rising. NBC News, 15 Aug. 2021 Vaccine mandates are about to replace mask mandates as a new battle line. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2021 Skirmishes along the battle line flared repeatedly this week: At the Supreme Court, Republican and Democratic lawyers clashed over part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. David Lauter, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Skirmishes along the battle line flared repeatedly this week: At the Supreme Court, Republican and Democratic lawyers clashed over part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. David Lauter, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Skirmishes along the battle line flared repeatedly this week: At the Supreme Court, Republican and Democratic lawyers clashed over part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. David Lauter, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Skirmishes along the battle line flared repeatedly this week: At the Supreme Court, Republican and Democratic lawyers clashed over part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. David Lauter, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Skirmishes along the battle line flared repeatedly this week: At the Supreme Court, Republican and Democratic lawyers clashed over part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. David Lauter, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Sep 2021

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“Battle line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battle%20line. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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battle line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of battle line

: a line of soldiers who are fighting in a battle

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