a state of the U.S. in which the Democratic and Republican candidates both have a good chance of winning:
the swing states of Ohio and Indiana.
- Battle royal
a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged. a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal. Contemporary Examples A faceless person casually explains that, since he has “to be there anyway,” he “might as well take part in the battle royal.” American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at […]
capable of engaging in combat; ready for battle: a decline in the nation’s battleworthy forces.
noun the coach that transports politicians and their advisers round the country during an election campaign
- Battledore and shuttlecock
Also called battledore and shuttlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries. a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game. a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child’s primer. to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore […]