pitched battle

noun

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

Example Sentences

She has been in a pitched battle with her ex-husband over custody of their children.
Recent Examples on the Web Until the rise of industrial-scale warfare, state-versus-state conflicts were apt to end after one big, pitched battle. Mark Antonio Wright, National Review, 26 May 2022 The pitched battle over what was supposed to be his quest for a record 10th Australian Open men’s singles championship has highlighted a new dynamic for stars like Djokovic. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 The pitched battle over the landscape of American democracy for the next decade is underway in state capitals across the country, as lawmakers begin drawing lines for congressional and state legislative districts based on the 2020 Census. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 There was renewed outrage at the intensity of those clashes this week, after police and pro-democracy activists fought pitched battles on the streets across several districts of the city on Sunday. James Griffiths, CNN, 12 Aug. 2019 Since the unrest broke, protesters have disrupted traffic, smashed public facilities and pro-China shops, and hurled gasoline bombs in pitched battles with riot police who have responded with volleys of tear gas and water cannons. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Dec. 2019 The protests have repeatedly sparked pitched battles with police and have taken their toll on Hong Kong's nightlife and travel industries. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2020 With his small team of lawyers, Letter is locked in pitched battles with the Trump administration, which has vowed to fight all congressional subpoenas for documents and testimony — and resisted cooperating with House impeachment proceedings. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2019 Since the unrest broke, protesters have disrupted traffic, smashed public facilities and pro-China shops, and hurled gasoline bombs in pitched battles with riot police who have responded with volleys of tear gas and water cannons. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitched battle was circa 1616

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“Pitched battle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitched%20battle. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

pitched battle

noun

ˈpich(t)-
: a fiercely fought battle in which the opposing forces are locked in close combat

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