battle of the

Bulge

[buhlj]
noun
Battle of the, the final major German counteroffensive in World War II, begun December 16, 1944, and thrusting deep into Allied territory in N and E Belgium: repulsed January 1945.
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bulge (bʌldʒ)
 
n
1.  a swelling or an outward curve
2.  a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
3.  (Brit) another name for baby boom
4.  (Brit) the projecting part of an army's front line; salient
 
vb
5.  to swell outwards
 
[C13: from Old French bouge, from Latin bulga bag, probably of Gaulish origin]
 
'bulging
 
adj
 
'bulgingly
 
adv
 
'bulgy
 
adj
 
'bulginess
 
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Bulge (bʌldʒ)
 
n
Battle of the Bulge (in World War II) the final major German counteroffensive in 1944 when the Allied forces were pushed back into NE Belgium; the Germans were repulsed by Jan 1945

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bulge
c.1200, from O.Fr. bouge "wallet, pouch, leather bag" (see budget). Sense of "swelling" is first recorded 1620s. The verb is first recorded 1670s. Related: Bulged; bulging. Bilge (q.v.) may be a nautical variant.
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