go to war

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go to war (over someone or something)

to wage a war over someone or something. (Often an exaggeration.) We aren't going to go to war over this, are we? Do you want to go to war over Sarah? Is she that important to you?
See also: war
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What I want is a world where we don't need to go to war JEREMY CORBYN questioned on defence at hustings event
The argument that Washington cannot afford to go to war is an interesting one, because the opposite view is more often heard--that Washington goes to war because the military spending gives a huge boost to the economy, as happened, most dramatically, in the Civil War and World War II.
In the exchange below with Republican Senator Rand Paul, Senator Kerry supports the War Powers Resolution and says he believes in "congressional authority to go to war," but also claims he is not an "absolutist" on congressional authority and believes that the President can use unilateral military force when he thinks it is necessary to save lives.
October 07 2011 (TUR) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu did not make a statement like "Turkey will go to war with Syria," diplomatic officials said on Friday.
PRIME Minister David Cameron would be ill advised to go to war in Libya.
At the end of his evidence Mr Blair still insisted that he was right to go to war but said that he regretted "deeply and profoundly" the loss of life which occurred.
The Lebanon-Syria summit in Damascus on Tuesday should decide whether Beirut and Damascus will go to war together or to peace talks together, said Emile Khoury of the Beirut daily AN NAHAR Tuesday.
Like many in the UK during the months leading up to the decision to go to war, I was not convinced by the flimsy arguments put forward by the British Government as a pretext to committing our troops to war in Iraq.
27 (ANI): Former British ambassador to the United Nations, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, has told an official Iraq War inquiry here that America seemed determined to go to war with Saddam Hussein.
When the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, they wisely recognized that the power to go to war must never be entrusted to a single individual.
Make it a rule that the people who want to go to war are the first into the offensive.
Everyone expects Avielle to turn evil as well--and Avielle is shunned by others even as she fears for her kingdom which may go to war with Dredonia, a kingdom under the rule of evil wizard-priests.
The roster of young men who go to war in ``Flyboys'' will be familiar to anyone who has seen a few fightin' movies in his lifetime.
However, I must confess to being just that as regards his remarks on whether or not we should, if seen as necessary, go to war with Iran.