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battle line

the line along which warring troops meet.
Origin of battle line
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Since then the battle line has become about three hundred miles long.

  • It was an odd defiance, a tugboat's challenge to a German battle line.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • The big guns open on this battle line without a moment's hesitation.

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
  • The word 'comrade' is getting us into closer touch all along the battle line.

    The Debs Decision Scott Nearing
  • His men, unused to service, were formed in the swamp with the reserve only a few hundred yards in the rear of the battle line.

    With the Swamp Fox James Otis
  • The Essex is on the right of the battle line, nearest the island.

    My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field Charles Carleton Coffin
  • The appearance of the Rebel fleet,—the orderly formation of the battle line,—looked like work.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Like England in the battle line, we are only at the beginning of our effort.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • There is a lull in the fight as Snipe goes riding along in rear of the battle line, seeking the New-Englanders.

British Dictionary definitions for battle line

battle line

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