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war of attrition

Definition of war of attrition in English:

A prolonged period of conflict during which each side seeks to gradually wear down the other by a series of small-scale actions.
Example sentences
  • The midfield sector at this stage of the game resembled a war of attrition with neither side gaining a stronghold.
  • The combat is certainly much better than it was last year, so it's a shame that some of the boss battles turn into wars of attrition with petty single-hit attacks.
  • Another heavy struggle for the clock, with one team finally imposing its will in a war of attrition, minus the stand-to and the morning hate?
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