battle scar

noun

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 KennicottWashington Post30 Mar. 2005
often used figuratively
  • As 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 TuckerThe Advocate30 Mar. 2004

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 KlugerTime1 Aug. 2005

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First Known Use of battle scar

1813


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