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battle line

the line along which warring troops meet.
Origin of battle line
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The training was intensive, because at that time there was a half-plan to put the artillery first into the battle-line.

    Our Army at the Front Heywood Broun
  • "We're almost over the battle-line," announced Earl suddenly.

  • battle-line after battle-line, bravely obeying orders, was annihilated.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • Instantly he cut the ropes which held the ships together, and, breaking the battle-line, fled as fast as he could.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • The fighting became furious at once, and for some time the battle-line swayed to and fro, between victory and defeat.

    Sword and Pen John Algernon Owens
  • General Wright pushed his men to within seven hundred yards of the Southern battle-line.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • The three hundred miles of battle-line were all one, and only the broadest possible view could give any idea at all of the truth.

    A Jewish Chaplain in France Lee J. Levinger
  • Ah, the bitterness alike for men and horses of such involuntary and irrecoverable falling out from the battle-line of life!

  • The proa was slowly lagging forward; and with it the battle-line, wide-flung.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • In the name of freedom they would betray its most earnest defenders, compel the battle-line to face both ways.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for battle-line

battle line

the line along which troops are positioned for battle
the battle lines are drawn, conflict or argument is about to occur between opposing people or groups
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