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war zone

(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 of war zone
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They had no more business wandering about the war-zone than they would have had wandering about a hospital where men were dying.

    Fighting in Flanders E. Alexander Powell
  • The warm spring sun beat down from a cloudless sky, and the glorious romance of being out in the war-zone added to the charm.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • I left the war-zone with an increased respect, if this were possible, for the men of France.

    The White Road to Verdun Kathleen Burke
  • Only one day after the war-zone proclamation went into effect the Allies brought out their trump card for the spring of 1915.

  • I want to see the war-zone, where our boys fit them Germans.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • One of our California journalists over there in the war-zone got it—quite a good scoop.

    Where the Path Breaks Charles de Crspigny
  • Now it seemed wonderful to be able to see signs of occupation beyond the German war-zone.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • Do you know, Sir, that you are in the war-zone--the zona di difesa?

    Alone Norman Douglas
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A flaw; an imperfection: The new format has some warts, but no integrity warts

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[probably from warts and all]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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