running battle

running battle

A prolonged argument or disagreement. When those two are in a running battle, it's hard to get them to finally reconcile.
See also: battle, running

a running battle

COMMON A running battle with someone is an argument or fight that you have over a long period of time. The government's running battle with the media took a significant new turn yesterday. Note: You can also say that someone has or fights a running battle with or against someone. `For the last four years I've fought a running battle against vandals and thieves,' Mr Hearsum said.
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a running battle

a confrontation that has gone on for a long time.
Literally, a running battle is one that is constantly changing its location, the opposite of a pitched battle (see pitched). The expression running fight was used in the late 17th century to describe a naval engagement in which the fight was continued as one party retreated or fled. Running battle appears to have originated in the mid 20th century.
See also: battle, running

a running ˈbattle

an argument, a dispute, etc. which continues over a long period of time: There’s been a running battle between John and his neighbour for years about their garden wall.
Running here means ‘continuing’.
See also: battle, running
References in classic literature ?
Bulan, notwithstanding the running battle the two bulls were forcing upon him, was gaining steadily upon the fleeing ourang outang that was handicapped by the weight of the fair captive he bore in his huge, hairy arms.
Next, he had seen the running battle of the man, the horse, and the dog.
A running battle took place between a group of doormen and fans in Concert Square last November.
Police fired teargas but the running battle spread into side streets.
A GROUP of protestors engaged in a long running battle with travellers met with a Government minister.
Some supporters then ran on to the Easter Road turf and engaged in a running battle with police and stewards but the trouble was quickly quelled.
After a running battle up the Channel, the English fleet under Howard and Drake prevented it from picking up the main invasion force of up to 30,000 soldiers (estimates differ) waiting in the Spanish Netherlands.
The running battle broke out outside the Victoria Inn at Bordesley Green, with at least six shots fired.
The move is the latest in the running battle between oil companies and Venezuela, which has moved to assert control over the sector by seizing oil fields and drilling equipment over the past three years.
It was a physical game and a stricter referee than Belgium's Joeri Van De Velde would have dished out more than the one yellow, which was issued to Lillestrom forward Olivier Occean for a foul on Magpies skipper Scott Parker, with whom he had a running battle all match.
The move follows a long running battle over parking perks, particularly for managers using the Civic Centre car park.
Via telephone from London, Fry, discussed everything from his new film to his running battle with the Church of England over queer clergy.
E-mail marketing will gain in popularity but we will see a running battle between the marketers and the anti-spammers.
The move is the latest twist in the long running battle over Woolworths after top NZ grocer Foodstuffs tried to prevent Foodland from bidding by raising legal challenges.
Hospitals fight a running battle against the microbes, which can withstand hot water and some disinfectants, says Gail H.