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
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
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