Definition of join battle in US English:

join battle

phrase

formal
  • Begin fighting.

    • ‘He gave chase for five days and then engaged the enemy, despite four of his ships lagging behind and their captains failing to join battle.’
    • ‘This area - national security - might not have been the best place for joining battle last week, but battle is joined.’
    • ‘We're here to mark that day in history when the allied armies joined battle to reclaim this continent to liberty.’
    • ‘And then, using the dealmaker's lingo for joining battle, he broke the news: ‘I'm going to engage.’’
    • ‘Expectations now fulfilled, the two clubs are set to join battle at Walsh Park on Sunday in what promises to be a right cracker of a decider.’
    • ‘I understand Longclaw took a shuttle and went to join battle with the Lyrans.’
    • ‘It won't risk damaging itself by joining battle with typical prey, such as an elephant seal.’
    • ‘There were more on the way when I moved into range, and they joined battle as I was leaving.’
    • ‘The main body of forces of first-echelon armies of the front moved up on the heels of forward elements and joined battle.’
    • ‘Joseph is generally blamed for joining battle at Vitoria while some of his divisions were some way away.’
    fight, battle, combat, wage war, make war, be at war, be in conflict, conduct a war, do battle, join battle, take the field, take up arms
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