pincers movement

or pincer movement


a military maneuver in which both flanks of an enemy force are attacked with the aim of attaining complete encirclement.

Origin of pincers movement

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pincer movement

pincer movement

/ (ˈpɪnsə) /


a military tactical movement in which two columns of an army follow a curved route towards each other with the aim of isolating and surrounding an enemyAlso called: envelopment
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