the trenches

plural noun

: a place or situation in which people do very difficult work
These people are working every day down in the trenches to improve the lives of refugees.

Examples of the trenches in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gardner, on the other hand, was more in the trenches of the production during their first go-round as head of drama for BBC Wales. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Europe’s collective cataclysm between 1914 and 1945 seems like ancient history to many people, even if the blood shed in the trenches of Ukraine summons images of that time. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 5 May 2024 Rainfall flushes sediment through the trenches and deposits the sand and gravel on county roads, into irrigation ditches and onto yards, residents said. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 5 May 2024 Sacramento State will remain formidable in the trenches with four starters returning, including Jackson Slater, who has started 34 career games at guard. Joe Davidson, Sacramento Bee, 22 Apr. 2024 Snow, rain, wind and war crumble the trenches and bunkers that help keep soldiers alive in this war. Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 This means Hubbard and Sanders could have more opportunities to break free from the trenches this season. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 11 Apr. 2024 The archaeologists used aerial photographs and satellite imagery to identify the circular impressions in the field, leading to the excavation of one of the trenches, according to the study. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 After many years in the trenches as an advocate, Castillo believes there is a high level of misunderstanding about the Latino community. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 8 Apr. 2024

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“The trenches.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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