To wage battle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To wage battle (O. Eng. Law) to give gage, or security, for joining in the duellum, or combat. See Wager of battel, under Wager n.
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Usage

In literature:

He said he had a battle to wage with me because I tried to be a law to myself, and he wanted to know why I wasn't like other girls.
"Her Father's Daughter" by Gene Stratton-Porter
This is the kind of warfare which is going to be waged in this seemingly inevitable battle between the two rivers.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
The daughter went her way, to wage her own battle in secret; to balance and fix her decision between her own heart and God.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
It seemed impossible to them that that battle could still be waging, but it was.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
This sort of battle waging is called "German terrorism", otherwise, a "stepping stone to kultur".
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
The Space Service was used to the kind of battle it waged on Eisberg.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Justice is a quality unknown to woman, and against which she wages a fierce battle in the house and in the world.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
They seemed to wage a tumultuous battle in the depths of her heart.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
It was the most deadly battle that the Church has ever had to wage.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
The battle continued to be waged with terrible stubbornness.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
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In poetry:

For all the early earnestness to wage
Battle with evil, is in him the soul
Of all his thought and life, that now in age
Moves grandly ripening to the wrought-for goal.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
The sun stood still in Gibeon. Forever so, it's willing
to illuminate those waging battle and killing.
I may not see My wife when her blood is shed,
But I want to die in My own bed.
"I Want To Die In My Own Bed" by Yehuda Amichai
And I shall thereupon
Take rest, ere I be gone
Once more on my adventure brave and new:
Fearless and unperplexed,
When I wage battle next,
What weapons to select, what armour to indue.
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
Before Granada's fated walls the Christian legions
stand,
A numerous and a valiant—but why a sullen band?
The politic, wise Ferdinand's injunctions they obey—
No battle with the Paynim host to wage on all that day.
"The Christian And The Moor-A Legend Of Granada" by Peter John Allan

In news:

The movie recounts the legal battle waged by residents of Hinkley, Calif, who blamed exposure to the chemical for high rates of diseases.
Colombia to Wage Battle Against Illegal Coltan Mining.
In the face of a huge drop in Black recruitment, the US military is waging a losing battle on the home front - for new enlistees to don the uniform.
Those rhetorical battles pale in comparison to the high-stakes struggle being waged behind closed doors at the Pentagon.
Is it time to wage battle, leverage your business model, or just poke fun of your rival.
The parents of a terminally ill New York City woman are waging a court battle over whether to keep her on life support.
Argentina has won a reprieve against having to pay $1.33 billion next month to "holdout" investors who rejected a restructuring of its defaulted debt and have waged a long legal battle to be paid in full.
The elderly artist has already tried to cash in on her work, however: She's waging a legal battle against her church, for a share of the cash it's raised by charging admission to see her "restoration".
It's a battle he says he wasn't expecting to wage.
(MoneyWatch) The battle in consumer entertainment has to date mostly been waged by the usual suspects, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Pandora (P), Spotify and a handful of others.
Japan's Kazuo Okada Is Spending Dearly to Build a Casino Empire, Even as He Wages a Battle With Ex-Partner Steve Wynn.
The next big culture war battle is about to be waged in an unlikely place: the restroom.
When this community was founded, rugged individuals had to wage daily battles for survival in a harsh, unforgiving land.
Sources say a private battle has been waged within the Democratic party as to whether Oliver will remain speaker for a second term.
1,300 sanitation workers persuaded the union that the time was right to wage a battle with the city and Mayor Henry Loeb.
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