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

Examples of trench warfare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as this year’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process descends into trench warfare, both Republicans and Democrats have been throwing grenades at the independent experts caught in the middle. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, the business community, already battle-scarred by the pandemic, is digging in for an extended period of trench warfare. Greg Petro, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Overall: Salt and sugar sit at opposite ends of brutal trench warfare. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 There won't be any poetry in politics, just trench warfare. John Blake, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 There was plenty of trench warfare drills and players hit the bags during other sessions. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2021 August 26-30, 1914 - Battle of Tannenberg, Prussia. September 12, 1914 - First battle of the Aisne in France begins, marking the beginning of trench warfare. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 July 2021 Even more dangerous than outdated economics is the constant trench warfare that is Argentine politics, which begets disillusionment and feeds the brain drain. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 3 July 2021 There in the Alps — removed from the more famous Western Front, a site of bloody trench warfare between Germany and France — troops climbed to precarious heights in the stinging cold to carve fortifications into the rock and snow. Jacey Fortin New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of trench warfare

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Trench warfare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trench%20warfare. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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