trench warfare
noun Date: 1916 warfare in which the opposing forces attack and counterattack from a relatively permanent system of trenches protected by barbed-wire entanglements

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  • trench warfare — n [U] a method of fighting in which soldiers from opposing armies are in ↑trenches facing each other …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • trench warfare — noun 1. a struggle (usually prolonged) between competing entities in which neither side is able to win the hope that his superior campaigning skills would make a difference evaporated in the realization that electioneering had become a form of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • trench warfare — /trɛntʃ ˈwɔfɛə/ (say trench wawfair) noun warfare in which the opposing sides occupy a system of trenches facing each other. World War I marked a change in the main method of fighting from mobile warfare to static battles fought from an immense… …   Australian English dictionary

  • trench warfare — noun a) Warfare in which opposing sides occupy trenches; usually very bloody, miserable, and endless. b) (By extension) Fighting of any sort which offers no hope of ending soon …   Wiktionary

  • trench warfare — type of combat in which soldiers fight from the inside of trenches (from World War I) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • trench warfare — noun a type of combat in which opposing troops fight from trenches facing each other …   English new terms dictionary

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