war zone

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war zone (plural war zones)

  1. A region where war is ongoing.
    • 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques: Chester (1848)”, in RAIL, number 947, page 57:
      He also thought nothing of laying down a railway in a war zone. For example, he was one of those behind the Grand Crimean Central Railway, built during the Crimean War [...].
  2. A region where structures are damaged or in disarray, appearing similar to the effects of a military conflict.
  3. By extension, any area with a significant display of damage or disarray.