Definition of pitched battle in US English:

pitched battle

noun

  • 1A planned military encounter on a prearranged battleground.

    • ‘The ‘victories’ of the Alliance, in north and south, follow rounds of skirmishing and negotiating rather than pitched battles.’
    • ‘He avoided pitched battles and instead kept his army at Hannibal's heels.’
    • ‘He is now, in his third age, a military historian specialising in the pitched battles of the Second World War.’
    • ‘By 1309, besides waging brilliant guerrilla warfare, he had defeated his enemies in four pitched battles.’
    • ‘Moreover, Richelieu accepted the commonly-held contemporary view that wars were no longer about pitched battles.’
    • ‘It might help to recall that dreams of a pitched battle between East and West were Hellenistic and Mesopotamian before they were biblical.’
    • ‘These faction feuds and pitched battles are being fought not just in Andhra Pradesh, but Karnataka as well.’
    • ‘In a pitched battle, Tuscaloosa's warriors inflicted heavy casualties on the Spaniards.’
    • ‘With all this firepower, a spat between clans often turns into a pitched battle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The news of their escapades be it in fleeting skirmish or pitched battles was eagerly listened to in Ireland.’
    1. 1.1 A violent or vigorous confrontation involving large numbers of people.
      • ‘Improvised explosive devices have proven to be more lethal in Iraq than any pitched battle is likely to be.’
      • ‘In April 1981 rampaging mobs fought pitched battles with police in Brixton, south London, in scenes that shocked the nation.’
      • ‘This memoir is more about tank columns speeding through the French and German countryside than it is about pitched battles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A war might pass without a pitched battle or siege, but never without an attempt to wreak destruction in enemy countryside.’
      • ‘The task force fought a pitched battle Sunday to secure the bridges.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a young soldier in 1968, he fought at Karameh, the first pitched battle between Israeli troops and Palestinian fighters.’
      • ‘Initial reports state that two large explosions set off pitched battles between heavily armed captors and Russian troops.’
      • ‘The state responded with violence: there were pitched battles with riot police.’
      • ‘US troops engaged in pitched battles Tuesday with local Serbs in the village of Sevce.’
      • ‘When their armies threatened Masashige advised withdrawing once again to Chihaya, but the emperor was determined to fight a pitched battle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His amazing story, from historic pitched battles to prisoner-of-war experience, easily supports that testament.’
      • ‘NATO's IFOR halted the pitched battles and urban sieges that ravaged Bosnia during the four-year war.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

pitched battle

/ˌpiCHt ˈbadl//ˌpɪtʃt ˈbædl/