pincer movement


Definition of pincer movement

1 : a military attack by two coordinated forces that close in on an enemy position from different directions
2 : a combination of two forces acting against an opposing force

Examples of pincer movement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2, together with TurkStream, are part of Russia’s larger strategy to envelop Europe’s North and South in a pipeline pincer movement and increase diversification of its supply routes to top customers in Europe. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Beijing is attacking the world order in a pincer movement. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2021 It’s a regional pincer movement, which is a bigger driver of the current discussion on Beacon Hill than any tax revenue the state is missing out on., 16 June 2021 The immediate purpose of this giant pincer movement was the liberation of Europe from Nazi domination. Alan Cowell, New York Times, 6 June 2019 Making a pincer movement with his hands, Tymchuk demonstrated how Allied forces closed in on all sides on the Germans. Washington Post, 5 June 2019 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, 14 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, 14 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of pincer movement

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pincer movement was in 1915

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12 Dec 2021

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“Pincer movement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pincer movement

: a military attack by two groups of soldiers that approach an enemy position from two different directions at the same time


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