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pitched battle

a battle in which the orderly arrangement of armed forces and the location have been predetermined.
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
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was a pitched battle, and the farmers had all but won it.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • Sorties were discussed, ambushes considered, and a pitched battle was planned.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • It was not a moment for shooting:—but for a pitched battle, hand to hand.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • A pitched battle was fought, and no quarter was given on either side.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • A pitched battle followed and for a time the situation was alarming.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • This gradually swelled into the incessant roar of pitched battle.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for pitched battle

pitched battle

a battle ensuing from the deliberate choice of time and place, engaging all the planned resources
any fierce encounter, esp one with large numbers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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