a battle of nerves

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a battle of nerves

Psychological warfare used to wear down an adversary's resolve through fear tactics. Election cycles have become a battle of nerves as both parties continually try to scare the voters into electing their representative.
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A free-for-all battle of nerves where the scions of wealthy families are pitted against hardworking sons and daughters of middle and lower-middle class.
Brinkmanship is a battle of nerves in which both sides believe they have more resolve to stay the course than the opponent.
Kanpur: India came up trumps in a battle of nerves against a gutsy New Zealand to win the all-important third One-day International (ODI) by six runs and clinch their seventh successive bilateral series by 2-1 margin, here on Sunday night.
A major battle of nerves seems to be on in Maharashtra between the state government and traders, as well as representatives of the agriculture produce market committees (APMC), ever since the Governor approved an ordinance to remove fruits and vegetables (F&V) from the ambit of compulsory trading in the APMC-controlled mandis.
The American, who led by a single shot on day one after a five-under 65, remains clear of the field at Baltusrol on nine-under but, after closing with a bogey six, faces a battle of nerves over the weekend as he bids to land his first Major.
Kolkata: For the past two months, an intense battle of nerves has raged in West Bengal between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) and its alliance partner the Congress party.
And Jacklin (below) insisted the Galway man won the match and the battle of nerves with the American superstar.
BATTLE OF NERVES Andy roars with delight (top), GB captain Smith, Darcis and Goffin talk tactics
Last Friday's opening team competition, pitting Team Green versus Team Orange, saw a battle of nerves and endurance in the 1st set, as the tandem of Vic Rebong / Nilo Gamba of Team Orange beat the pair of Mashur Jamiri and Clark Maldo, 8-7 that was stretched by a tightly fought tiebreaker at 7-4 that put Team Orange ahead.
They were the first sets Wawrinka had dropped in the tournament so far and it was a battle of nerves and scintillating tennis that took the pair deep to an 83 minute fifth set.
There's a battle of nerves underway," aide Valeriy Chaly said in a Facebook post.
AS THE Capital is bracing for an exhaustive battle of nerves, cautious BJP leaders restrained themselves from making any tall claims on the eve of the Assembly poll results.
Against this backdrop, the government and the Bank of Korea seem to be engaged in a battle of nerves over monetary policy.
For 15th seed Limei, however, it was a battle of nerves with 12th-seeded Liu Jia before she prevailed over her experienced Austrian opponent 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 14-12 for her first World Tour title.