trench warfare

noun

Definition of trench warfare 

: warfare in which the opposing forces attack and counterattack from a relatively permanent system of trenches protected by barbed-wire entanglements

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The fighting raged for two years and claimed at least 70,000 lives in brutal, trench warfare-style fighting. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Eritrea breaks silence and responds to Ethiopia peace overtures, will send delegation," 20 June 2018 The tank was invented to break the stalemate of trench warfare on World War I's European battlefields. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "100 Years Ago Today, Tanks Changed Warfare Forever," 15 Sep. 2016 Clay court tennis is quite simply (and quite literally) trench warfare. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Eleventh heaven: Nadal As Good As Ever in Winning 11th French Open," 10 June 2018 This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and appropriately enough the 2018 midterms are shaping up to be a political version of trench warfare. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Will the ‘Blue Wave’ Break in California?," 6 June 2018 By 1988, 1 million people had been killed in a conflict that featured trench warfare, Iranian human-wave attacks and chemical weapons assaults launched by Iraq. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Report: Iran destroys mass graves of those executed in 1988," 29 Apr. 2018 The trend towards mechanized warfare led to all the powers abandoning trench warfare, and many tanks were specifically designed to fight other tanks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The First Tank-on-Tank Battle Happened 100 Years Ago," 26 Apr. 2018 The 2016 presidential election is a political World War I, partisan trench warfare. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Deep in Clinton country, voters stand by their candidate," 26 Jan. 2018 In the past week, the tug-of-war between the city and the three scooter providers — Bird, LimeBike and Spin — has devolved into trench warfare. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rules in the works as city offers olive branch in scooter war," 22 Apr. 2018

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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