bat·​tle·​ground | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce battleground (audio) \

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battlefield, field

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Examples of battleground in a Sentence

the verdant hill suddenly turned into a bloody battleground

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The timing of the decree was noteworthy, amid spiraling tensions between the U.S. and Iran and a string of unclaimed attacks on U.S. interests in the country that have added to regional jitters and raised fears Iraq could be a become a battleground. Washington Post, "Iraqi PM takes a gamble with move on Iran-backed militias," 5 July 2019 In recent years, his sidewalk plaque has become a battleground for political debate in Los Angeles, often being spat upon or written on, and in 2016 was bashed with a sledgehammer and later destroyed with a pickax in 2018. Nardine Saad,, "Here’s why Carrie Fisher won’t get Trump’s star on Walk of Fame," 19 June 2019 Indeed, the classroom is becoming the battleground in the war against drug addiction where the next generation will be saved or lost in Ohio, which in 2017 had the second highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the country. Dan Levin, New York Times, "Inside the Elementary School Where Drug Addiction Sets the Curriculum," 12 June 2019 With it, the Empire State is poised to become the next battleground in the fight for state privacy laws. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's," 4 June 2019 Between 1990 and 1994, Akagera became a battleground between the Rwandan Army and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel army mostly composed of Tutsi exiles. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 The Judiciary Committee has increasingly become a battleground over the direction of the courts and the shape of American law. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Pick for Attorney General to Tell Senate He Would Allow Special Counsel to Finish Investigation," 14 Jan. 2019 The existence of the 17-state survey, which contained bad news for Trump in battleground states, was reported by CNN and others weeks ago. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 17: Hong Kong, Iran, power outage, Campaign 2020, Phoenix arrests," 17 June 2019 Other polls of key battleground states show that these latest numbers aren’t a fluke; a mid-May poll from Quinnipiac focusing on Pennsylvania has Harris tying Trump 45% to 45%, while Warren beats Trump 47% to 44%. Lily Herman,, "Yes, A Woman Can Beat Trump In 2020. Here's How.," 15 June 2019

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1573, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of battleground

: a place where a battle is fought
: an area of conflict or disagreement


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