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 Zero-sum calculations of this kind, not only with regard to gender but also race or immigration, can lead to the political equivalent of trench warfare, with each side digging in that leaves everyone worse off. Richard V. Reeves, TIME, 6 Apr. 2024 Through a blend of amateurism and strategy, the libertarian experiment has hit a wall with its reforms, utilizing an unorthodox mega-bill and emergency decree, together with trench warfare against deputies and governors. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 For draft-eligible men, trench warfare is a harrowing prospect. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The plans for calling up more soldiers to fight in grim trench warfare was something nobody in Ukraine’s military or civilian leadership wanted to be associated with. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The prisoner exchange offers a positive note to the fighting in Ukraine’s east, where the two sides have settled into a brutal conflict relying heavily on trench warfare and artillery battles, eking out only small territorial gains. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 And as the fighting settles into inconclusive, brutal trench warfare, material motivations are becoming even more prominent. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Six months later, Moscow was on the defensive, engaged in World War I–style trench warfare, with casualties to match. Peter Weber, The Week, 25 Aug. 2023 In the mid 19th century, the British and the then Russian Empire were embedded in a terrible, mud laden trench warfare in the winter. Michael Gale, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trench warfare was in 1887

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“Trench warfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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