pitched battle


Definition of pitched battle

: an intensely fought battle in which the opposing forces are locked in close combat

Examples of pitched battle in a Sentence

She has been in a pitched battle with her ex-husband over custody of their children.

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Two innings later, Altuve ended a seven-pitch battle with Peters by dumping a double in left field. Los Angeles Times, "Frustration builds for Dillon Peters, Angels in loss to Astros," 24 Aug. 2019 There were pitched battles against the forces de l’ordre that ended with the demonstrators bloodied and driven back under a wave of truncheons. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 This was followed by a campaign of terrorist bombings across Hong Kong and pitched battles between protesters and police. Antony Dapiran, CNN, "City of dissent: Hong Kong has a proud tradition of protesting to protect its unique identity," 14 June 2019 Frontal assaults, flanking maneuvers, and ambushes—these were the simple tactics employed in pitched battles from the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC continuing through the time of the Roman Empire, into the Middle Ages, and beyond. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 The European Union kicked off debate on its budget once the U.K. departs, setting up what is likely to be a long and pitched battle between wealthier countries and newer members who rely on funding from the bloc. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "EU Kicks Off Post-Brexit Budget Battle," 2 May 2018 Other missives describe barbaric, Miracle Whip-eating enemy soldiers and pitched battles over Starbucks and Chick-fil-A shops. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Letters from the 'front' on Twitter mock prediction of second Civil War on July 4," 3 July 2018 Protesters, chanting pro-rebel slogans and demanding the end of Indian rule in Kashmir, blocked a major highway and fought pitched battles with government forces. Aijaz Hussain, The Christian Science Monitor, "India takes control of Kashmir territory," 25 June 2018 Suter put a great at-bat on Weaver, winning a nine-pitch battle by grounding a double past first baseman José Martinez, who got some leather on the ball. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Cardinals 3: Offensive surge continues as Brewers move to 7-1 on home stand," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of pitched battle

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pitched battle was circa 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of pitched battle

: a major battle that is fought by large groups of soldiers
: a long argument or fight between people who have become very angry or emotional

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