One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 armsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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