Pitched-battle



noun
1.
a battle in which the orderly arrangement of armed forces and the location have been predetermined.
2.
an encounter in which the antagonists are completely and intensely engaged:
The dispute evolved into a pitched battle between management and labor.
noun
1.
a battle ensuing from the deliberate choice of time and place, engaging all the planned resources
2.
any fierce encounter, esp one with large numbers

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