Definition of running battle in English:

running battle

Line breaks: run|ning bat¦tle


  • 1A military engagement which does not occur at a fixed location.
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    • They fought a running battle in Haifa Street.
    • This set the pattern for the entire mission with a series of fierce running battles, day and night, against conventional forces and specially trained counter-SF troops.
    • The running battle up the Channel was inconclusive (two Spanish ships lost through accident) and only the English fireship attack on the Armada's anchorage off Calais broke the stalemate.
  • 1.1A confrontation which has gone on for a long time.
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    • ‘We had a running battle with the Globe,’ complains the Flynn manager.
    • He had a running battle with the editor of the Vanuatu Trading Post, the country's only non-government news source.
    • What it certainly did was to set off a series of running battles and feuds that brought the project to a practical standstill for the next nine months.

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