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war zone

(during wartime) a combat area in which the rights of neutrals are suspended, as such an area on the high seas, where ships flying a neutral flag are subject to attack.
Origin of war zone
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Women can come into the war zone, on various pretexts, but wives cannot.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • The fact was that the worst part of the war zone was ahead of us.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • My experiences of being in "The war zone" were only beginning.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • It was as unlike traversing the war zone by train as possible.

    Life in the War Zone

    Gertrude Atherton
  • One day at dinner he described how he had heard the news of Peter in the war zone.

    People of Destiny Philip Gibbs
Slang definitions & phrases for war zone

war zone


A situation or place where there is fighting or crime, such as a rough neighborhood: the war zone of Bridgeport

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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