mortal combat


: a fight that will result in the death of the loser : a fight to the death
two gladiators locked in mortal combat

Examples of mortal combat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the whole, chimps are significantly more violent as a group than bonobos, with bands of males engaging in sometimes mortal combat with other bands over access to food, territory, and females. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 5 June 2024 Our paradigms need to shift in order to see that, like communities, ecosystems are not arenas of mortal combat but rather networks that create space for all. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023 The scientists suspect they were suddenly engulfed in a volcanic mudflow and buried alive during mortal combat. Reuters, NBC News, 19 July 2023 Uniform constructs the fighting man for mortal combat. Hazlitt, 12 May 2022

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“Mortal combat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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