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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Protesters largely avoided pitched battles with the authorities, however, retreating and moving around the city quickly. James Griffiths, CNN, 22 Sep. 2019 During a violent protest in another part of the capital this week, protesters, some masked, fought pitched battles with police. NBC News, 19 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

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First Known Use of pitched battle

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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