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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Parties at war over basis of U.S. democracy: Voting," 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, "Parties at war over basis of U.S. democracy: Voting," 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, "Parties at war over basis of U.S. democracy: Voting," 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, "Parties at war over basis of U.S. democracy: Voting," 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, "Parties at war over basis of U.S. democracy: Voting," 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. Los Angeles Times, "House passes landmark election bill as parties war over voting rights," 3 Mar. 2021 The issue has gone from being something of a red-vs.-blue battle line last year to a cross-partisan area of consensus. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Biden Is Too Timid on School Reopening," 12 Feb. 2021 The battle line for political dominance in Texas might as well be State Highway 114. Dallas News, "To understand 2020 politics, meet these 6 suburban DFW voters in an emerging swing district," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of battle line

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Battle line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battle%20line. Accessed 11 May. 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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