join battle

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Verb1.join battle - engage in a conflict; "The battle over health care reform was joined"
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
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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.
Sales of multi-purpose vehicles are expected to rise by almost 50 per cent in the next three years and the Vaneo will join battle to become the most versatile of the bunch.
The storm-troopers of New Labour have been despatched, flanked by a squadron of image consultants to their right and a focus group to their left, to join battle with the guardians of our military heritage.
Mr Berry, of Canning Street, Hebburn, makes the emotional journey to join Battle of Arnhem commemorations on September 17.
In mid-field for most of the way, the 11-4 chance picked up well out of the Dip to join battle in the final furlong and hold the persistent runner-up by a head.
We can celebrate our first month as Carling Cup holders this weekend when we once more join battle with our Cardiff foes Bolton.
Rivals hard to separateTHE MOMENT of truth will arrive today for New Brighton and Waterloo as the two old rivals join battle at Hartsfield to decide who will play off against Lydney for a place in Division Two next season,writes Ian Hargraves .
Hopefuls in line-up for the final battle TWENTY British hopefuls will join battle in Bordeaux today in the Challenge Tour Grand Final which will decide the top 15 players of the season who will therefore win their European card for next year.
England believe their tailenders' new-found confidence with the bat will tip the scales when they join battle with Australia for the Ashes this weekend.
On his never-threatening 13th in he Nelson last time out and average US form, you would be hard-pressed to justify his price of 10-1 this week, but this is Wentworth, the tour's flagship event and a field of rare quality with everybody in Europe playing, and Goosen, Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Trevor Immelman and 2003 Open champion Ben Curtis flying in from the States to join battle.
MAY Day, once an essentially harmless pagan fertility festival, and later a time for generalised merry-making and collective goodwill to mark the end of the long winter, has become, sadly, little more than an annual excuse for extrovert, self-proclaimed ``anarchists'' to make a public nuisance of themselves and, given a flimsy-enough excuse, join battle with those they perceive as their sworn enemies, meaning virtually everyone else.
Now he is prepared to join battle again, with Everton boss Smith confirming the approach when he said: "Alex Ferguson made contact on Monday.