pitched battle, a

An intense conflict, as in Their disagreement turned into a pitched battle between the nurses and the physicians' assistants. This term, dating from about 1600, originally alluded to a military battle in which the array of forces and battleground are predetermined (as opposed to a hasty skirmish).


Nearby words

  1. pitch-pipe,
  2. pitchbend,
  3. pitchblende,
  4. pitched,
  5. pitched battle,
  6. pitcher,
  7. pitcher plant,
  8. pitcher, molly,
  9. pitcherful,
  10. pitchfork

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.