Meaning of pitched battle

pitched' bat'tle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a battle in which the orderly arrangement of armed forces and the location have been predetermined.
  2. an encounter in which the antagonists are completely and intensely engaged: The dispute evolved into a pitched battle between management and labor.
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