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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web American troops on Renault FT tanks going forward to the battle line in the Forest of Argonne. Jeremy Hsu, Discover Magazine, 30 May 2017 The other main battle line will be over the messages candidates are targeting to Hispanic voters. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 17 Oct. 2022 The British Defence Ministry's Sunday update on the war in Ukraine indicated morale is waning on both sides of the battle line. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 The testimony moved to the other side of the battle line with the documentarian Nick Quested, who had been embedded with the Proud Boys before and during the attack. New York Times, 10 June 2022 Russian troops were taking position in a battle line outside the building. Joe Parkinson And Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 Ahead of the settlement, the primary battle line in the case was a prenuptial agreement signed when the couple married in 1996. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 29 Dec. 2021 The battle line formed over shifting views of Mason’s role in American colonial history. Edmund H. Mahony,, 22 Sep. 2021 This was a typical battle line for the housing debate more than a decade ago. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 1 Feb. 2023.

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