battle for

battle for

To fight or compete to win or gain control of something. The soldiers have been battling for control of the border for days now. Paula and I are currently battling for a big promotion.
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battle for something

 
1. Lit. to fight to gain something. The army battled for the town until they had defeated its defenders.
2. Fig. to attempt to win or gain something by struggling or arguing. Both of them battled for Kristina's attention.
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Peter Snow, a journalist and broadcaster, and his son Dan Snow, a military historian, describe eight decisive battles that have done much to shape contemporary Britain: Boudicca's Battle with Rome (AD 60-1); the Battle of Hastings (1066); the Battle for Wales (1400- 1410); the Spanish Armada (1588); the Battle of Naseby (1645); the Battle of the Boyne (1690); the Battle of Culloden (1746); and the Battle of Britain (1940).
1 -- color) From left, brothers Pat and John Lewandodski, and Jeff Quessenberry wait for orders to go to battle for the Confederacy.
The battle for Attu raged on, but the Japanese were clearly losing ground and men in greater numbers.
Ironically, Albert Alexander, the British First Lord of the Admiralty, in a broadcast beamed to America, recalled that Jones' famous battle cry expressed exactly what England felt while fighting the Nazis during the Battle for Britain.
98) puts together three titles: ``Untold Stories of WWII,'' ``The Battle for Midway'' and ``Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack,'' which includes interactive maps of Japanese bombing runs.