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pitched battle

Syllabification: pitched bat·tle
Pronunciation: /ˌpiCHt ˈbadl
 
/

Definition of pitched battle in English:

noun

1A planned military encounter on a prearranged battleground.
Example sentences
  • The ‘victories’ of the Alliance, in north and south, follow rounds of skirmishing and negotiating rather than pitched battles.
  • The news of their escapades be it in fleeting skirmish or pitched battles was eagerly listened to in Ireland.
  • He is now, in his third age, a military historian specialising in the pitched battles of the Second World War.
1.1A violent or vigorous confrontation involving large numbers of people.
Example sentences
  • The state responded with violence: there were pitched battles with riot police.
  • In April 1981 rampaging mobs fought pitched battles with police in Brixton, south London, in scenes that shocked the nation.
  • A local football derby exploded into violence when hooligans from Hull took over the bar of a Lincoln hotel and began a pitched battle with police.

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