battle against

battle against someone or something

1. Lit. to wage a fight against someone or something; to attempt to defeat someone or something. The army battled against the enemy until both sides were exhausted.
2. Fig. to struggle with someone or something. We are battling against the ancient enemies of ignorance and hatred. I am tired of battling against Karen.
See also: battle
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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.
I am at present in the midst of war, and am about to deliver a decisive battle against King Charles.
There is a college being built in Denver which is to equip the woman of the future for the struggle of life, and especially for her battle against man.
Why me, in whom till now you showed the most entire confidence - who for thirty years have been attached to your person, and have given you a thousand proofs of my devotion - for it must be said, now that I am accused - why reduce me to see three thousand of the king's soldiers march in battle against two men?
see, he is again about to go up to battle against the Philistine Pray, child pray for the safety of the good youth, and of the speedy horse, and the rich armour.
Worthy Miss Pinkerton, although she had a Roman nose and a turban, and was as tall as a grenadier, and had been up to this time an irresistible princess, had no will or strength like that of her little apprentice, and in vain did battle against her, and tried to overawe her.
Markham, you that maintain that a boy should not be shielded from evil, but sent out to battle against it, alone and unassisted - not taught to avoid the snares of life, but boldly to rush into them, or over them, as he may - to seek danger, rather than shun it, and feed his virtue by temptation, - would you -?
Now unbind the Englishman," he cried, and, leaping forward, ran to join Zu-tag and his fellows in their battle against the blacks.
The Republicans are foes to equality, though most of them fight the battle against equality with the very word itself the slogan on their lips.
He now spoke of the long and painful route by which they had left those spacious grounds and happy villages, to come and battle against the enemies of their Canadian fathers.
But the revolt against the spirit of commerce, the spirit of aristocracy, and the inveterate abuses of cities, did not appear possible to individuals; and to do battle against numbers they armed themselves with numbers, and against concert they relied on new concert.
They led, however, in an indirect fashion to a singular and complex problem which gave my friend an opportunity of demonstrating the value of a fresh weapon among the many with which he waged his life-long battle against crime.
In 2004 Paul and Nicola Adamson's son Jamie died after a two- year battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Hughes, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, has ordered that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) pay MAXXAM over US$ 72 million dollars in sanctions as measured by legal and other expenses incurred during its 10-year legal battle against the regulatory agency.
In Europe, the Enlightenment of the 18th century was seen as a battle against the desire of the Church to limit intellectual freedom, a battle against the Inquisition, a battle against religious censorship.