To join battle

to meet the attack; to engage in battle.
See under Battle, Issue.

See also: Battle, Join

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
And to make this quite clear I say that I consider those who are able to support themselves by their own resources who can, either by abundance of men or money, raise a sufficient army to join battle against any one who comes to attack them; and I consider those always to have need of others who cannot show themselves against the enemy in the field, but are forced to defend themselves by sheltering behind walls.
In the meantime, the army's experienced soldiers that had participated in battle against ISIL in Hajar al-Aswad and in Southern Damascus and Hawz Yarmouk in Southwestern Dara'a have also been dispatched to Toloul al-Safa to join battle against ISIL.
Aden, Rabi'II 23, 1439, January 10, 2018, SPA -- Al-Houthi Militias are recruiting children from tribes and families from districts that are still under Al-Houthi control by using force and intimidation to join battle fronts and face their inevitable death, only to serve Iran's agendas.
The favourite still ranged up two furlongs out to join battle and even look the likelier winner.
FORMER commanders urged the Army yesterday to stick to its tough training methods as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon cleared the way for women to join battle units in 2016.
Ignoring the dissenting views of nearly all opposition MPs, Harper's Conservatives have committed this country to join battle against the (incontrovertibly heinous) Islamic State, a group that is widely seen as the spawn of imperialist machinations in Iraq.
"We expect stocks to normalise by the end of May and we would then be ready to join battle for a higher share from June."
The kids didn't read the Daily Worker, so each night they deserted the streets to join battle against evil, hooked by inevitable pay-off lines like "the fiends, they've got Snowey".
The situation took a turn for the worse when more Maoist cadres from Kalanki reached Satungal to join battle. But the infuriated locals chased them away and declared Satungal a 'no-Maoist' zone.
50 years ago 5 years ago 25years ago 10 years ago GERMAN giants Bayern Munich were ready to join battle with Boro for Leeds United striker Mark Viduka.
With Labour bracing itself for another ballot-box hammering, David Cameron taunted the Prime Minister for lacking the "courage" to join battle.