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battle

noun
 
 
/ˈbætl/
[C] a competition or argument between two or more people or organizations for power or control: battle for/over sth They were locked in a battle for boardroom control.battle against/with sb If you want to stay in the battle with competitors, you must constantly update your services.battle between sb and sb the ongoing battle between the government and the unions a fierce/bitter/long-running battlea takeover/bidding/bid battle After suffering a drop in profits, the firm found itself in the middle of a takeover battle.fight/lose/win a battle Has Europe lost the battle with America over online dominance?be locked in/engaged in a battle (to do sth) The entire aviation industry is locked in a battle to produce the most efficient aircraft and engines.
[S] a situation in which you try very hard to solve problems or succeed: Many smaller firms are losing out in the battle for survival.face/fight a battle The government faces a battle to regain the confidence of the financial markets.an uphill battle Workers fought an uphill battle to prove their illnesses were caused by on-the-job toxic exposures. battle to do sth the battle to develop new technologies
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