pincers movement

or pincer movement


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. pince-nez,
  2. pincement,
  3. pincer movement,
  4. pincer nail,
  5. pincers,
  6. pinch,
  7. pinch bar,
  8. pinch effect,
  9. pinch graft,
  10. pinch hit

Origin of pincers movement

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for pincer movement

pincer movement

noun

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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