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Construction ContextPlay
Used to describe excavations for building work or utility installations. SlideConstruction teams often excavate trenches for laying cables.
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Military UsagePlay
In historical contexts, 'trench' refers to long, narrow ditches for military defense. SlideSoldiers in World War I fought from trenches to protect themselves.
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Sometimes used metaphorically to mean 'deeply involved in an activity or situation'. SlideShe's been in the trenches of research for her thesis.