battle scar


Definition of battle scar

: a scar from a wound suffered in battle … a man removed his Yankees cap to show a battle scar—received, he said, when he was a 14-year-old carrying a Kalashnikov in Lebanon's civil war.— Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2005 often used figurativelyAs forerunners of third-wave American folk music, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers now bear many battle scars from their run-ins with pop culture in the 20 years they've been performing.— Karen Iris Tucker, The Advocate, 30 Mar. 2004

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Other Words from battle scar

battle-scarred adjective
As battle-scarred gamblers are fond of saying, the only way to be sure you come out ahead is to buy the casino. — Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 1 Aug. 2005

First Known Use of battle scar

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Battle scar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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