go to war

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Verb1.go to war - commence hostilities
war - make or wage war
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He thinks also that the women ought to go to war, and have the same education as the soldiers; as to other particulars, he has filled his treatise with matter foreign to the purpose; and with respect to education, he has only said what that of the guards ought to be.
All countries pledged themselves solemnly not to go to war with any other country.
He asked me, "what were the usual causes or motives that made one country go to war with another?
We never go to war with them if we can help it, on account of their dangerous horns; but this insult was so great and so unprovoked that our brave men decided to fight, in order to be revenged," said the woman.
The young braves of the tribe, who are destitute of property, go to war for booty; to gain horses, and acquire the means of setting up a lodge, supporting a family, and entitling themselves to a seat in the public councils.
If there was none of this magnanimity in war, we should go to war only when it was worth while going to certain death, as now.
Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides, an no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions as to terms of intercourse are again upon you.
About 200 people - many of them students who came as part of a class assignment - attended the panel discussion titled ``Should the United States go to war with Iraq?
Congress had thereby authorized the president to go to war, if he decided it was necessary to enforce UN resolutions.
LITTLE Nicholas Lockyer has made a desperate plea for peace to Tony Blair - begging him not to go to war with Iraq.
Just as it was wrong for President Clinton to go to war without a declaration of war (as he did in the Balkans and elsewhere), so it is wrong for President Bush.