Definition of running battle in US English:

running battle

noun

  • 1A military engagement which does not occur at a fixed location.

    • ‘They fought a running battle in Haifa Street.’
    • ‘His ‘Mahdi army’ fought running battles with the British Army in Basra and in the Maysan province.’
    • ‘Troops fought running battles with Iraqi forces on roads leading to Baghdad.’
    • ‘This set the pattern for the entire mission with a series of fierce running battles, day and night, against conventional forces and specially trained counter-SF troops.’
    • ‘The running battle up the Channel was inconclusive (two Spanish ships lost through accident) and only the English fireship attack on the Armada's anchorage off Calais broke the stalemate.’
    1. 1.1 A confrontation which has gone on for a long time.
      • ‘He had a running battle with the editor of the Vanuatu Trading Post, the country's only non-government news source.’
      • ‘‘We had a running battle with the Globe,’ complains the Flynn manager.’
      • ‘What it certainly did was to set off a series of running battles and feuds that brought the project to a practical standstill for the next nine months.’
      • ‘The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a long running battle against farm pollution in California's Central Valley.’
      • ‘More generally, the securities and insurance industries have fought a running battle, one weapon being litigation, against the expansion of banks into these areas.’

Pronunciation

running battle

/ˌrənɪŋ ˈbædl//ˌrəniNG ˈbadl/