pincer movement


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

Examples of pincer movement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main effort of Russia’s ground campaign would be to create a pincer movement from the north that encircled Kyiv and enveloped the bulk of Ukraine’s ground forces in the eastern part of the country. Michael Kofman, Foreign Affairs, 22 Feb. 2022 In 1846, two separate U.S. contingents executed a pincer movement, by sea and by land, to capture the ports of Alta California and the territory of Nuevo México. Enrique Krauze, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2013 The teams then brief each other in their own temporal pincer movement. Nate Jones, Vulture, 26 Feb. 2024 Cue the potential for a pincer movement swelling Meta’s messaging at Apple’s expense. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Temporal pincer movement? Mary Colurso |, al, 15 Sep. 2020 In the early stages of the war, Russia had converted Izyum into a military stronghold, eyeing the city as the base for a pincer movement that would surround Ukrainian forces in the east. Kamila Hrabchuk, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2022 For decades, two armies of high-rises have been executing a slow-motion pincer movement along the East River, marching south from Long Island City and north from Williamsburg. Curbed, 14 Dec. 2022 Persians closed in from both ends of the pass in a classic pincer movement. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pincer movement was in 1915

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“Pincer movement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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