pincer movement

noun

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

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The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, "Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen’s Hodeida," 14 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, "Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen’s Hodeida," 14 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, "Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen’s Hodeida," 14 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, "Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen’s Hodeida," 14 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, "Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen’s Hodeida," 14 June 2018 During a three-week offensive that just drew to a close, a pincer movement by Afghan commandos and U.S. Special Forces trapped hundreds of Islamic State militants in Gurgoray Valley, in Deh Bala District, 10 miles from the Pakistan border. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "U.S., Afghan Offensive Crushes Islamic State in Area Near Pakistan," 21 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Washington Post, "Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen’s Hodeida," 14 June 2018 The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Saudi-led coalition forces begin assault on key Yemen Red Sea city," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of pincer movement

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pincer movement

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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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