an act of war


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an act of war

 
1. Lit. an international act of warlike violence for which war is considered a suitable response. To bomb a ship is an act of war.
2. Fig. any hostile act between two people. "You just broke my stereo!" yelled John. "That's an act of war!"
See also: act, of, war
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Asked how a President Bachmann would respond to an "act of war," Bachmann sounded tough but avoided saying directly that she would respond to an act of war by going to war.
When a 12th-grader receives a diploma that actually represents an eighth- grade education, and is relegated to an earning power that is 40 percent less than his high school-graduated grandfather, maybe this is an act of war requiring subjugated servitude
I contend that the attack against the Twin Towers was a criminal action but was not an act of war.
India should understand that use of force across the international border or the Line of Control in Kashmir will be considered by Pakistan as an act of war," Musharraf reportedly declared in an address to garrison officers at the command and staff college in Quetta, Baluchistan.
11 terrorism as an act of war moves us from civil law to martial law for nations that harbor terrorists.
starving the children of Iraq via an act of war called an embargo.
What happened to the World Trade towers is horrible, but what happened to the Pentagon is an act of war,'' he said.
inspection missions - it would be considered an act of war and met with a military response.
Zeanah denied the accusations - and continues to see the remarks as an act of war.
the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said that if the Dhahran bombing was state-sponsored, ``it's an act of war.
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