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1‘the battle raged throughout the night’
fight, conflict, armed conflict, clash, struggle, skirmish, engagement, dogfight, affray, fray, encounter, confrontation
contest, meeting, collision, duel
tussle, scuffle, melee, fracas
war, campaign, crusade
fighting, warfare, combat, action, hostilities
informal scrap, shoot-out
2‘a legal battle to overturn a music licence ban’
conflict, clash, contest, competition, struggle
disagreement, argument, dispute, controversy, debate
dissension, altercation, strife
1‘he has been battling against illness’
fight, combat, contend with
resist, withstand, stand up to, put up a fight against, confront
struggle, strive, campaign, work, toil
give up, give in
2‘Mark battled his way back to the bar’
scramble, struggle, labour
fight, elbow, push
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