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pitched battle

noun
1.
a battle in which the orderly arrangement of armed forces and the location have been predetermined.
2.
an encounter in which the antagonists are completely and intensely engaged:
The dispute evolved into a pitched battle between management and labor.
Origin of pitched battle
1600-1610
1600-10
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  • He foresaw a pitched battle, ending in possible defeat; and decided to defer it till he felt more physically fit for the strain.

  • A pitched battle followed and for a time the situation was alarming.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • He was attacked by a large body of hostile savages and a pitched battle followed.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • A pitched battle was fought at Konieh on the 21st of December.

  • Sorties were discussed, ambushes considered, and a pitched battle was planned.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • Max was armed to the teeth, as though in preparation for a pitched battle.

    The Island Home Richard Archer
British Dictionary definitions for pitched battle

pitched battle

noun
1.
a battle ensuing from the deliberate choice of time and place, engaging all the planned resources
2.
any fierce encounter, esp one with large numbers
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