from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An intense battle fought in close contact by troops arranged in a predetermined formation.
- noun A fiercely waged battle or struggle between opposing forces.
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- noun military A
hostile engagementinvolving sustained, full-scale fightingbetween opposingforces in close combat.
- noun idiomatic, by extension An
intense, rancorous argumentor confrontation.
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- noun a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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