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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But Anudike-Uzomah could be among the alternate options for a team that values quality and depth in the trenches. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 Ryan Poles didn’t get any difference makers in the trenches in free agency, and at No. 9, there’s a slight chance for one but both sides of the ball need many more. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 22 Mar. 2023 Your team will always be more motivated when leadership is in the trenches. Alex Kowtun, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Winning teams had a constant rotation of developing big men who played in the trenches. Nubyjas Wilborn | , al, 16 Mar. 2023 But that bit of reasonableness is buried now in the dirt of the trenches your kids have both dug. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2023 Suddenly, ordinary Russians were thrust into the trenches. Milana Mazaeva, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2023 General debris such as construction waste and old office furnishings is also in the trenches. Lee Roop |, al, 28 Feb. 2023 The film follows a young soldier, Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), over the course of the war, with the majority of the scenes taking place in the trenches and on battlefields. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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“The trenches.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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