trench warfare


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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Politics as trench warfare has relieved the Democrats of the burden of thought. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "What Democrats Have Become," 19 Sep. 2018 At the time, the U.S. Army was sorely lacking— 200,000 lax regulars and 400,000 National Guard troops more suited to quelling labor strife than engaging in deadly trench warfare. Walter R. Borneman, WSJ, "‘Sons of Freedom’ and ‘Never in Finer Company’ Review: World War I’s Only True Winner," 28 Dec. 2018 In popular memory, World War I is identified with static trench warfare on the Western Front, a four-year slog through mud and blood. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018 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,, "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

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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