combat zone


noun

Military. an area in a theater of operations where combat forces operate, extending typically from the front line to the communications zone.
Slang. an area in some cities, usually in an older midtown section, where pornography stores, striptease bars, etc., flourish, or are tolerated because of being concentrated in one district.

Nearby words

  1. combat fatigue,
  2. combat infantryman badge,
  3. combat neurosis,
  4. combat team,
  5. combat trousers,
  6. combat-ready,
  7. combatant,
  8. combative,
  9. combatively,
  10. combativity

Origin of combat zone

First recorded in 1935–40

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