war zone

noun
(during wartime) a combat area in which the rights of neutrals are suspended, as such an area on the high seas, where ships flying a neutral flag are subject to attack.

Origin:
1915–20

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Example sentences
Experimental vaccines, or exotic ones for soldiers in a war zone, maybe not so
  much.
The senator had made frequent trips to the war zone.
Imagine trying to remain calm and composed while working in the middle of a war
  zone, a natural disaster, or other crisis.
Our cameras are there, in the middle of this real-life war zone, where only the
  strong-and the devious-survive.
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