pitched battle

[n] - a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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pitched battle

noun a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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Pitched battle

A pitched battle or set piece battle is a battle where both sides choose to fight at a chosen location and time and where either side has the option to disengage either before the battle starts, or shortly after the first armed exchanges. A pitched battle is not a chance encounter such as a skirmish, where one side is forced to fight at a time not...
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