battle

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noun
1 between armies
ADJECTIVE
bloody, fierce
intense, pitched

The two armies fought a pitched battle on the plain.

climactic, decisive, final

Iwo Jima was for many the climactic battle of World War II.

epic, famous, great, historic, important, major
land, naval, sea
coming, upcoming (AmE)

The squadron was getting ready for the coming battle.

VERB + BATTLE
fight
win
lose
do, enter, give, go into, join, wage

Charles V refused to give battle.

The two armies joined battle.

send sb into

Many young men were sent into battle without proper training.

survive
BATTLE + VERB
begin, ensue, take place
rage
continue, unfold

The leaders anxiously watched the battle unfold.

be over, end
PREPOSITION
at a/the battle

Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.

in (a/the) battle

He died in battle.

2 violent fight between two groups
ADJECTIVE
fierce
pitched
running
gun
turf (esp. AmE)

A turf battle among competing drug cartels has claimed several lives.

VERB + BATTLE
fight
BATTLE + VERB
erupt
PREPOSITION
battle against

Police fought a pitched battle against demonstrators.

battle between

a gun battle between police and drug smugglers

battle with

Scores of people have been hurt in running battles with police.

3 struggle
ADJECTIVE
bitter, fierce, heated, intense, tough

a heated battle between the oil industry and environmentalists

real

There's now a real battle at the top of the First Division.

constant, continuing, epic, long, long-running, ongoing, prolonged, running

The college president fought a running battle with the editors of the student newspaper.

coming, upcoming (AmE)

The upcoming political battle could be for the allegiance of the young.

losing, uphill

We seem to be fighting a losing battle.

successful
court, custody, legal
VERB + BATTLE
do, engage in, fight

Are you prepared to do battle with your insurance company over the claim?

be engaged in
face
win
lose
end

She saw a way to end the prolonged legal battle.

BATTLE + VERB
rage

A policy battle is raging in Washington.

begin, ensue

A ten-month legal battle ensued.

be brewing, be looming, loom

A battle is brewing between ecologists and big business.

be over, end
PREPOSITION
battle against

his long battle against cancer

battle between

a fierce battle between developers and the local community

battle for

the battle for human rights

battle over

The government now faces a new battle over tax increases.

battle with

They are engaged in a long-running legal battle with their competitors.

PHRASES
a battle of ideas, a battle of words
a battle of wills, a battle of wits
a battle royal (= a major battle in which all available forces take part)
fight your own battles

My parents believed in leaving me to fight my own battles.

pick your battles (= decide which things are worth fighting or disagreeing about)

As a parent, you have to pick your battles.

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verb
ADVERB
ferociously, fiercely, hard
bravely, gamely, valiantly

The child battled bravely for her life.

in vain, unsuccessfully

Doctors battled in vain to save his life.

constantly
away

We'll keep battling away and hope that the goals start to come.

PREPOSITION
against

Rescuers battled against torrential rain and high winds.

for

factions battling for control of the party

over

Residents are battling over plans for a new airport runway.

through

We battled through the snowstorm.

with

Riot police battled with 4 000 students.

He battled with cancer for many months.

PHRASES
battle it out

Competitors battled it out against the clock.

battle your way

He battled his way to the bar.

Battle is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑firefighter, ↑hero, ↑side
Battle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alcoholism, ↑blaze, ↑cancer, ↑demon, ↑element, ↑illness, ↑injury, ↑monster, ↑problem

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