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    What kind of battle is "a personal battle" in the following?

    One should never forget that the Korean War was primarily a very bloody, up-close, and personal battle between Chinese and American troops.

    Does this mean "a hand-to-hand fight, or close(tight) battle"?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What kind of battle is "a personal battle" in the following?

    One should never forget that the Korean War was primarily a very bloody, up-close, and personal battle between Chinese and American troops.

    Does this mean "a hand-to-hand fight, or close(tight) battle"?

    Thank you.
    The phrase is "up close and personal" I have never seen this with a comma after "up close". I would take it to mean that the Korean war was actually largely fought between American and Chinese troops rather than Korean troops.

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    And also that the fighting was vicious and passionate.

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