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battle line

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noun
  1. the line along which warring troops meet.
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Origin of battle line

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for battle line

Historical Examples

  • "We're almost over the battle-line," announced Earl suddenly.

    Fighting in France

    Ross Kay

  • The proa was slowly lagging forward; and with it the battle-line, wide-flung.

    Cursed

    George Allan England

  • We pick the physically fit and send them to the battle-line; and these fit are slain.

    The Holy Earth

    L. H. Bailey

  • Scarcely a day passes that he does not visit some sector of the battle-line.

  • Instantly he cut the ropes which held the ships together, and, breaking the battle-line, fled as fast as he could.

    The Story of Norway

    Hjalmar H. Boyesen


British Dictionary definitions for battle line

battle line

noun
  1. the line along which troops are positioned for battle
  2. the battle lines are drawn conflict or argument is about to occur between opposing people or groups
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