bat·tle·ground | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌgrau̇nd \

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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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In essence, Yelp became a battleground—and not for the first time. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Red Hen and the Weaponization of Yelp," 26 June 2018 The marketplace of ideas becomes a battleground of brands, trademarks, images, sardonic hashtags. Sonia K. Katyal,, "The sudden rush of vulgar trademarks," 23 June 2018 Black churches have become an unexpected battleground in the national debate over the future of payday lending. Renae Merle, ajc, "In some states, debate over payday lending unfolds in the black church," 7 June 2018 And as Vladimir Putin enters his fourth term promising to turn his attention to domestic issues, education has become an ideological battleground. The Economist, "Reformists and traditionalists are at war over Russian schools," 26 May 2018 Left unaddressed is the bulk of the bill itself, which is not only the country’s most important food and agriculture bill, but has increasingly become a battleground for the social safety net, health care, and the environment. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Farm Bill Is Everything That’s Wrong With Congress," 18 May 2018 All three will be presidential battlegrounds in 2020. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 In that new fight, culture is a battleground — and music is a weapon. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Trump Derides NATO as ‘Obsolete.’ Baltic Nations See It Much Differently.," 10 July 2018 At least two of their best pickup opportunities in southern California have yet to be officially decided, but Democrats avoided being shut out from the ballot in the vast majority of the state’s top battleground races. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "From California House races to women winning big, 9 things to know about Tuesday's primaries," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of battleground

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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