Definition of pitched battle in English:

pitched battle

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noun

  • 1A battle in which the time and place are determined beforehand, rather than a casual or chance skirmish.
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    • 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 confrontation involving large numbers of people: students engaged in pitched battles with the police
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    • 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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