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combat zone

Military. an area in a theater of operations where combat forces operate, extending typically from the front line to the communications zone.
Slang. an area in some cities, usually in an older midtown section, where pornography stores, striptease bars, etc., flourish, or are tolerated because of being concentrated in one district.
Origin of combat zone
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The situation developed rapidly, probably because we had only six days before our scheduled departure into the combat zone.

    Shock Absorber E.G. von Wald

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