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 The election also represented a continuation of this trench warfare between two parties that are increasingly defined by their activist flanks and limited to only incremental advances. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "With Trench Warfare Deepening, Parties Face Unsettled Electoral Map," 15 Nov. 2020 It’s an organizing and institution building project and trench warfare against centuries of ideological priming. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Voters Said They’re Worried About the Climate. Many Voted for Trump Anyway.," 4 Nov. 2020 In the last two weeks, those unhealed scars have erupted into a modern-day conflagration of trench warfare, drone strikes and artillery bombardments. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "For Nagorno-Karabakh’s Dueling Sides, Living Together Is ‘Impossible’," 13 Oct. 2020 There's trench warfare, a soaring block-party musical number, a car chase, a cabin in the woods: no complaints! Darren Franich, EW.com, "Clichés terrorize the bold provocations of Lovecraft Country: Review," 13 Aug. 2020 The advent of continuous-fire machine guns and modern artillery with high-explosive shells obliterated millions of lives in an era of bloody trench warfare. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of the Hard Hat," 21 Feb. 2020 Although the Allied and Central Powers were, ironically, stuck in a stalemate on the Western Front, engaging in brutal trench warfare without making substantive gains, the conflict was on the brink of changing course. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True History Behind the ‘1917’ Movie," 20 Dec. 2019 Across the Champagne region, the memory still lingers of World War I, when the fighting and trench warfare almost completely destroyed the vineyards. Chris O’brien, Los Angeles Times, "Hold the Champagne: Pandemic, recession fears hammer traditional European products," 8 May 2020 As politics has more closely resembled trench warfare, the middle has become an awkward - even untenable - place to linger. Author: Griff Witte, Anchorage Daily News, "Republican Sen. Susan Collins finds it’s lonely in the middle," 2 Feb. 2020

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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 27 Nov. 2020.

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