Definition of pitched battle in English:

pitched battle


  • 1A battle in which the time and place are determined beforehand, rather than a casual or chance skirmish.

    • ‘It might help to recall that dreams of a pitched battle between East and West were Hellenistic and Mesopotamian before they were biblical.’
    • ‘He avoided pitched battles and instead kept his army at Hannibal's heels.’
    • ‘The ‘victories’ of the Alliance, in north and south, follow rounds of skirmishing and negotiating rather than pitched battles.’
    • ‘By 1309, besides waging brilliant guerrilla warfare, he had defeated his enemies in four pitched battles.’
    • ‘These faction feuds and pitched battles are being fought not just in Andhra Pradesh, but Karnataka as well.’
    • ‘The news of their escapades be it in fleeting skirmish or pitched battles was eagerly listened to in Ireland.’
    • ‘In a pitched battle, Tuscaloosa's warriors inflicted heavy casualties on the Spaniards.’
    • ‘He is now, in his third age, a military historian specialising in the pitched battles of the Second World War.’
    • ‘And in war, every dog might have its day; the Welsh did after all defeat an Anglo-Norman army in a pitched battle north of Cardigan in 1136.’
    • ‘With all this firepower, a spat between clans often turns into a pitched battle.’
    • ‘Moreover, Richelieu accepted the commonly-held contemporary view that wars were no longer about pitched battles.’
    1. 1.1A violent confrontation involving large numbers of people.
      ‘students engaged in pitched battles with the police’
      • ‘This memoir is more about tank columns speeding through the French and German countryside than it is about pitched battles.’
      • ‘A local football derby exploded into violence when hooligans from Hull took over the bar of a Lincoln hotel and began a pitched battle with police.’
      • ‘Types of military engagement might range from small-scale family feuds or gang-raids to full-scale pitched battles.’
      • ‘Initial reports state that two large explosions set off pitched battles between heavily armed captors and Russian troops.’
      • ‘His amazing story, from historic pitched battles to prisoner-of-war experience, easily supports that testament.’
      • ‘As a young soldier in 1968, he fought at Karameh, the first pitched battle between Israeli troops and Palestinian fighters.’
      • ‘Israeli troops fought pitched battles with Palestinian gunmen in northern Gaza.’
      • ‘The true essence of his popularity within the Corps of Cadets is not limited to his command of American troops in the first pitched battle in the Vietnam War between the U.S. Army and the North Vietnamese Army.’
      • ‘Recent wars have seen the regiment deployed in a quite different role, with groups of up to 100 SAS soldiers fighting pitched battles with enemy forces.’
      • ‘In April 1981 rampaging mobs fought pitched battles with police in Brixton, south London, in scenes that shocked the nation.’
      • ‘NATO's IFOR halted the pitched battles and urban sieges that ravaged Bosnia during the four-year war.’
      • ‘When their armies threatened Masashige advised withdrawing once again to Chihaya, but the emperor was determined to fight a pitched battle.’
      • ‘A war might pass without a pitched battle or siege, but never without an attempt to wreak destruction in enemy countryside.’
      • ‘The state responded with violence: there were pitched battles with riot police.’
      • ‘There are pitched battles between gangs of youths of different political and cultural affiliations all over the place.’
      • ‘The New York Times reports that Marine officers turned a small firefight into a pitched battle without authorization from headquarters.’
      • ‘US troops engaged in pitched battles Tuesday with local Serbs in the village of Sevce.’
      • ‘Improvised explosive devices have proven to be more lethal in Iraq than any pitched battle is likely to be.’
      • ‘The task force fought a pitched battle Sunday to secure the bridges.’


pitched battle

/pɪtʃd ˈbat(ə)l/