pitched battle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pitched battle a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pitched battle a general battle; a battle in which the hostile forces have fixed positions; -- in distinction from a skirmish.
    • Pitched battle one in which the armies are previously drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the forces.
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Usage

In literature:

Max was armed to the teeth, as though in preparation for a pitched battle.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
Now came the pitch of the battle.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
You must have the worst of it if we come to a pitched battle.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
But with respect to pitched battles, another tale must be told.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
A political pitched battle was imminent.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The Murphy forces now surrounded the McSween house, and at once a pitched battle began.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
We called it "skirmishing"; it was rather a pitched battle.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
Waterloo, of all pitched battles, is the one which had the smallest front for such a number of combatants.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I" by Various
A Turkish line-of-battle ship lay some way out, pitching heavily into the seas.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
He has had half a dozen pitched battles with fellows whom he bullied, and all of them got whipped.
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
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In poetry:

"Where we have pitched our camp,
Red blood shall dye the swamp,
The battle to the swift, the victory to the strong,
But be it as it will,
My braves shall vanish still,
Slain by pale face customs, snared by their treacherous tongue"
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

A KKK-like group is threatening to kill indigenous Mapuche as part of a pitched battle over land rights.
It's hard to believe that ratification of the New START treaty is turning into a pitched battle between some Republicans and the White House.
The races are largely a pitched battle between the United Teachers Union of Los Angeles and a group called the Coalition for School Reform.
The Battle for Women Voters Hits a Fever Pitch .
Children return to classrooms this fall amid an increasingly pitched battle over Ritalin and other drugs used to treat millions with behavioral and emotional problems in school.
You see that now in the pitched battle over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts to wealthy households.
Poll Shows Obama vs Romney Is Pitched Battle Over Economy.
'Grassroots' vs 'Astroturf': A Pitched Battle Over Health Care.
Cindy Sheehan's Pitched Battle .
Mayor Faces Pitched Battle Over Breaks for Developers.
The terminally ill Queens woman who last week won a pitched legal battle against her parents giving her the right to die has decided to stay on her respirator after.
The White House and Senate Democrats say they are preparing for a pitched battle with the Republican-controlled Senate to save one of the top foreign policy goals of President Clinton's waning Administration: a treaty banning nuclear testing.
Engulfed by pitch-black smoke and scorching heat, the North Carolina firefighter was battling an intense blaze on the second floor of a townhome when he and his partner, a veteran firefighter, realized they couldn't find the way out.
During the heady days of the revolution, demonstrators fought pitched battles with the police, a force trained to crush all opposition with violence.
Cardinal players like nothing more than an old-fashioned pitched battle at the line of scrimmage.
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