all-out war

all-out war

Unrestricted fighting or conflict. This phrase can be used literally or hyperbolically. I fear that an invasion will lead to all-out war. It is all-out war right now for that empty corner office.
See also: war

all-out war

total war, as opposed to limited military actions or threats of war. We are now concerned about all-out war in the Middle East. Threats of all-out war caused many tourists to leave the country immediately.
See also: war
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This is his administration and its declared priority is the all-out war against drugs (among others).
NORTH Korea paraded ballistic missiles in a massive show of strength yesterday and warned: "We will respond to all-out war.
And his military secondin-command warned that North Korea would "respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack".
A source said: "The Mexican marines have already been placed on standby as an all-out war is expected.
President Aquino reiterates that the best option for the government is all-out peace, not all-out war.
Gaza on the brink THE Middle East was last night braced for a Israeli ground invasion of Gaza as missile attacks between the two sides threatened to escalate into all-out war.
The United States) must bear it in mind that reckless provocative acts would meet our retaliatory strikes and lead to an all-out war of justice for a final showdown with the United States," a spokesman of the NDC was quoted as saying in a statement carried by Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency.
It is self-evident that any military conflict on the Korean Peninsula is bound to lead to an all-out war, a nuclear war now that even U.
The defiant nation warned of an all-out war if "provoked" further.
Our front-line military groups, the army, the navy and the air force, the anti-aircraft units and the strategic rocket units, who have entered the final all-out war stage, are awaiting the final order to strike," Yonhap reported, quoting North Korean media.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir threatened all-out war to regain Heglig.
I can say with confidence that virtually everyone I've talked to has said, look, we don't want to go to all-out war with the other," Lyman told reporters by telephone from Khartoum.
Manila Philippine President Benigno Aquino affirmed his position not to declare an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
if Israel shrank to just one downtown city block in Tel Aviv, it would still be reason for an all-out war of extermination by the Arab and Muslim world.
According to AL HAYAT, Eisenberg's comments came early Monday morning during a presentation at Tel-Aviv Institute for National Security Studies, in which he said that "the Arab Spring could turn into a radical Islamist winter that increases the chance of an all-out war with our enemies who might use weapons of mass destruction.