One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The military resources of a country organized for waging war.
- ‘To meet the needs of the Iraqi war machine and the servicing of government debt, the Baath Party stepped up attacks on the working class.’
- ‘The company was so wound up with the German war machine, the Australian army raided its offices in 1914 to end its traffic with enemy agencies.’
- ‘During World War I, while some young men donned doughboy uniforms in the service for Uncle Sam at a government wage, others went into factories to arm the war machine.’
- ‘This is no time to stand with a Labour government that has thrown its lot in with the US war machine while attacking groups like the firefighters at home.’
- ‘Derek Durkin from Scotland No 2 branch added, ‘We can't continue to finance a war machine that is gunning down our members.’
- ‘When polls show 70% of Americans against war, the war machine has a problem.’
- ‘Hydroelectric dams - invincible to the inaccuracies of high-altitude bombing - powered the Reich's war machine.’
- ‘The Soviet war machine in this period was arguably the most powerful in Europe and increasing in potency year by year.’
- ‘Whatever the future for the National Missile Defence system, the might of the US war machine is already daunting.’
- ‘Many German-Americans would serve alongside US forces fighting the Axis war machine in World War II.’
- ‘Pearl Harbor became a battle cry, and the U.S. war machine was put in high gear and led to the defeat of Imperial Japanese troops in 1945.’
- ‘We call for the dismantling of the Pentagon war machine and the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, above all in the United States and other imperialist centers.’
- ‘Monty was a highly experienced soldier, the hero of the battle of El Alamein; Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander with ultimate authority to direct the vast resources of the allied war machine.’
- ‘Can we stand idly by while in the name of the fight against terrorism countries are bombed or invaded by the US war machine?’
- ‘Overnight, it seemed, our war machine metastasized and our mass media militarized.’
- ‘It is about a desire on the part of those that have hijacked the American government to create a permanent war machine abroad, and a proto-fascist state at home.’
- ‘With a huge war machine, the US government will gain in military terms.’
- ‘There were no Afghanistan terrorists on those planes and no one on the ground there is particularly keen on being bombed by the US war machine.’
- ‘The game is played out in real time as you build bases and command armies while making sure you are harvesting enough resources to keep the war machine going.’
- ‘However, with both an over-extended war machine and an economy dependent like the war machine - on rapidly dwindling fossil fuels, that disaster may not be long in the offing’
2An instrument or weapon of war.
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- ‘They cant find there target the war machine fires again, colour and light sent directly at us.’
- ‘He turned and dived out from the momentary cover as it crumbled under the war machine's onslaught, returning fire with the twin weapons as he continued to evade his pursuer.’
- ‘Commanders may also control huge mechanical war machines, devastating artillery and gigantic starships as they attempt to obliterate their adversaries into space dust.’
- ‘Stone is skilled at every conceivable battle plan, every conceivable weapon, war machine, or fighting style, and every possible way to win or lose any situation.’
- ‘Shaped roughly like an eagle with forward facing wings, this war machine had seen all the major space battles fought in the last seven years.’
- ‘In the science fiction movie, soldiers topple an alien war machine literally on its last legs.’
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