a pitched battle

a pitched battle

an angry fight or argument There was a pitched battle between police and rioters.
See also: battle, pitch
References in classic literature ?
He had a pitched battle last evening with the tobacco-king's cat and routed him, horse, foot and artillery.
There was just room for me to keep his arm in mine; with the other he hauled on the banisters; and so we mounted, step by step, a panting pause on each, and a pitched battle for breath on the half-landing.
I have long said that Liberalism would never offer us a pitched battle.