pitched battle

noun

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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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 The movie’s MacGuffin — the thing all the characters want — is a rare and glowing element called Coaxium that is supposed to power ships into hyperspace but that mostly just powers the plot from one double-cross and pitched battle to the next. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Solo’ turns an iconic character’s backstory into a decent B-movie," 22 May 2018 But Marcell Ozuna and Gyorko led off the second with singles and Paul DeJong won a nine-pitch battle by depositing a three-run homer to left. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cardinals overpower Eric Lauer, Padres," 11 May 2018 Owning Flipkart would be one of the starkest examples of Walmart's pitched battle with Amazon moving overseas. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Walmart takes fight with Amazon to India: Looking to buy stake in Flipkart, reports say," 4 May 2018 Chalk up those losses to Ant’s pitched battle with Tencent Holding Ltd. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Alibaba Group Earnings: What to Watch," 3 May 2018 And that’s just how most of Fortnite’s pitched battles end—in spastic competitions to raise zig-zagging siege towers, each player looking to gain high ground over (and cover from) the other. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Fortnite brings out the 10-year-old fort builder in all of us," 17 Mar. 2018

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circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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pitched battle

noun

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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