bat·​tle·​ground | \ˈba-tᵊl-ˌgrau̇nd \

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Synonyms for battleground


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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Beginning six months after Trump was elected president, commencement exercise after commencement exercise became a battleground for promoting or protesting the president's policies. Cleve Wootson,, "Kentucky crowd cheered valedictorian for quoting Trump. Then he told them it was Obama.," 4 June 2018 The facility producing 787 Dreamliner jets in North Charleston has become a battleground for relations between organized labor and Boeing that could affect where the company manufactures future aircraft models. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Boeing Faces Fresh Union Vote," 22 May 2018 Syria, much like Yemen, has become a proxy battleground for a dizzying web of regional players, including bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, each supported by a loose coalition of both state and non-state allies near and far. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Attack on Syria Could Upend Long-Quiet Oil Markets," 14 Apr. 2018 Since then, analysts have said the Balkans could become a battleground for a new Cold War., "US and Russia are defiant ahead of possible military action against Syria," 11 Apr. 2018 The state has become one of the more active battlegrounds in a national conversation about legalizing marijuana. Marco Santana,, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 In contrast to the Senate battlegrounds in conservative states like Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia, the fight for the House is being waged across swing suburban districts around the country. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Who Might the Court Fight Help in the Midterms? Democrats. And Republicans.," 10 July 2018 Now, the battleground in the war on bad-for-the-environment single-use plastics has shifted to a new front: the straw. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Aardvark paper straws: This Fort Wayne company has your plastic straw alternative," 24 June 2018 That has made the Lone Star State the next battleground for constitutional carry, which would let Texans carry their weapons — openly or concealed — without first getting a permit. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Texas is new target for constitutional carry — the unlicensed carry of handguns — in 2019," 15 June 2018

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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


bat·​tle·​ground | \ˈba-tᵊl-ˌgrau̇nd \

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