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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pitched-battle a battle fought on chosen ground
    • ns Pitched-battle a battle in which the contending parties have fixed positions: a battle previously arranged for on both sides
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of pick.


In literature:

It was one of their chief recreations, this battle with a pitching broncho.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
It has been my good fortune to have witnessed several pitched battles between large bodies of ants.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
The next chapter will carry you, good reader, into the midst of a pitched battle.
"Battles with the Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
After all, though, it was one of the pitched battles that settle themselves without the final appeal to arms.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
The skirmish became a pitched battle.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
He defeated the Roman armies in three pitched battles, and then set about destroying the cities of the Empire.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
He meant to harass and hinder the enemy at every step, avoiding pitched battles.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The mountains will kill more than a pitched battle would.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
Between Bismarck and Whiskers there existed a deep rooted enemity, which always culminated in pitched battles.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
A pitched battle was fought, and no quarter was given on either side.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
They agreed to give Mr. Thrasher a pitched battle.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
A pitched battle came off next, which would have been a very peaceful one if all the boys had not wanted to be Northerners.
"Captain Horace" by Sophie May
In 1704 he was given the rank of general, and was the first to defeat the Swedes in a pitched battle.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A couple of hours later Montcalm had led out his forces to try the issue of a pitched battle before Quebec.
"The King's Warrant" by Alfred H. Engelbach
It was the first pitched battle in the fight.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
To tell the whole of the prolonged pitched battle that ensued would take too much ink and paper.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
For a moment the two men fought a pitched battle with their eyes.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
This was a pitched battle, and the farmers had all but won it.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
She was just in time to witness a pitched battle between Miss Hawtry and Mr. Rooney.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
There could be no point in a pitched battle in emptiness.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster

In poetry:

"Where we have pitched our camp,
Red blood shall dye the swamp,
The battle to the swift, the victory to the strong,
But be it as it will,
My braves shall vanish still,
Slain by pale face customs, snared by their treacherous tongue"
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

A KKK-like group is threatening to kill indigenous Mapuche as part of a pitched battle over land rights.
It's hard to believe that ratification of the New START treaty is turning into a pitched battle between some Republicans and the White House.
The races are largely a pitched battle between the United Teachers Union of Los Angeles and a group called the Coalition for School Reform.
The Battle for Women Voters Hits a Fever Pitch .
Children return to classrooms this fall amid an increasingly pitched battle over Ritalin and other drugs used to treat millions with behavioral and emotional problems in school.
You see that now in the pitched battle over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts to wealthy households.
Poll Shows Obama vs Romney Is Pitched Battle Over Economy.
'Grassroots' vs 'Astroturf': A Pitched Battle Over Health Care.
Cindy Sheehan's Pitched Battle .
Mayor Faces Pitched Battle Over Breaks for Developers.
The terminally ill Queens woman who last week won a pitched legal battle against her parents giving her the right to die has decided to stay on her respirator after.
The White House and Senate Democrats say they are preparing for a pitched battle with the Republican-controlled Senate to save one of the top foreign policy goals of President Clinton's waning Administration: a treaty banning nuclear testing.
Engulfed by pitch-black smoke and scorching heat, the North Carolina firefighter was battling an intense blaze on the second floor of a townhome when he and his partner, a veteran firefighter, realized they couldn't find the way out.
During the heady days of the revolution, demonstrators fought pitched battles with the police, a force trained to crush all opposition with violence.
Cardinal players like nothing more than an old-fashioned pitched battle at the line of scrimmage.