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trench warfare

noun
1.
combat in which each side occupies a system of protective trenches.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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Examples from the web for trench warfare
  • Alas, the result is a form of trench warfare in which neither side has advanced viable solutions to the obesity dilemma.
  • Big issues go unaddressed while political troops snipe at each other in gruelling trench warfare.
  • Right now it seems we're using the security equivalent of trench warfare to try to make us more secure.
  • Good government isn't a prize to be won through trench warfare.
  • Instead, they conducted don't-give-an-inch trench warfare.
  • As many of these branches are revived for the campaign, trench warfare is likely to erupt over the succession.
  • It appears that there are two auxiliary causes, the long trench warfare and the shortage of officers.
  • Instead, the soldiers settled in for another eight months of trench warfare.
  • The next day, soldiers on both sides settled into the numbing routine of trench warfare.
British Dictionary definitions for trench warfare

trench warfare

noun
1.
a type of warfare in which opposing armies face each other in entrenched positions
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Contemporary definitions for trench warfare
noun

a type of combat in which the enemies fight from a system trenches

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trench warfare in Culture

trench warfare definition


Warfare marked by slow wearing down of the opposing forces and piecemeal gains at heavy cost. The term applies especially to World War I.

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