a running battle

a running battle (with somebody/something)

an argument or fight that continues for a long time Flynn has fought a running battle with the tobacco company over its advertisements.
See also: battle, running

a running battle

if you have a running battle with someone, you have an argument that continues over a long period of time (often + with ) I've had a running battle with the neighbours over their kids throwing stones over the fence.
See also: battle, running