verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to encroach or infringe on.
- to come close to; verge on: His remarks were trenching on poor taste.
Origin of trench
Examples from the Web for trenches
Comedians are in the trenches, the ones that get out of the trenches are ones in trouble.
But it is often in the trenches that the truth is most apparent.
Soon troops from both sides exited the trenches, met their enemies in peace and even agreed not to fire on one another.Blood and Mud: A French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare|Marc Wortman|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They fall backwards into trenches, the camera jolting with the concussive force of the explosions.
In the cold, the German and British soldiers climbed out of their trenches at a place called Mons.
To get information before the Somme offensive, the new idea of making daylight raids on the German trenches was adopted.
We passed some of the trenches which our boys had taken that morning.Over the top with the 25th|R. Lewis
I knew that if they took the trench I was in it would be a bad job for our trenches behind.The Irish at the Front|Michael MacDonagh
The trenches in diplomatic warfare must be manned by regular trenchermen.
Not a shot was fired by the Canadians, and they quietly crept back, gaining their trenches with comparatively little loss.War's Brighter Side|Julian Ralph.
British Dictionary definitions for trenches (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for trenches (2 of 2)
Word Origin for trench
Word Origin and History for trenches
late 14c., "track cut through a wood," later "long, narrow ditch" (late 15c.), from Old French trenche "a slice, ditch" (late 13c.), from trenchier "to cut," possibly from Vulgar Latin *trincare, from Latin truncare "to cut or lop off" (see truncate). Trenches for military protection are first so called c.1500. Trench warfare first attested 1918. Trench-coat first recorded 1916, a type of coat worn by British officers in the trenches.