On 19 July 1545, English and French fleets were engaged in a sea battle off the coast of southern England in the area of water called the Solent, between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
n. a losing battle：必输之战；成功无望的斗争
The wipers continued their losing battle with the rain.
We're supposed to finish it today, but it's a losing battle.
The crew fought a losing battle to try to restart the engines.
n. half the battle：成功的一半；成功的重要条件
Choosing the right type of paint for the job is half the battle.
Getting started is half the battle.
n. to do battle;to give battle;to join battle：开战；开始斗争；竞争；竞赛；较量
the guerrilla group who did battle with the army during the dirty war
They challenged the Neapolitan troops to come out and do battle with them.
I'd rather not do battle with the Sunday hordes at the garden centre.
The two companies will do battle in the High Court over the right to press compact discs.
n. to win the battle but lose the war：赢了战役，输了战争；小胜大败
The strikers may have won the battle, but they lost the war.
a renewed political battle over Britain's attitude to Europe
the battle of Waterloo
a gun battle between police and drug traffickers
She has fought a constant battle with her weight.
the battle against crime
It was a battle, but we managed in the end.
vi. to battle to do sth;to battle for sth：为…而战；为…做斗争
Doctors battled to save her.
The sides must battle again for a quarter-final place on December 16.
vi. to battle with sb：与某人作战；与某人做斗争
2,000 fans battled with riot police.
vt. to battle it out：决一雌雄 ；决一死战
Contestants battled it out on a desert island.
In the Cup Final, Leeds battled it out with the old enemy, Manchester United.
They're battling the government to win compensation.
In Wyoming, firefighters are still battling the two blazes.
n. to lose the battle but win the war：输了战役，赢了战争；虽受挫而终获胜