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Meaning of cheval de bataille*

che•val de ba•taille

Pronunciation: (shu-val du ba-tä'y), [key]
— pl. che•vaux de ba•taille
  1. a horse used in battle; charger.
  2. a favorite topic of discussion, argument, etc.
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