join battle (with someone or something)

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join battle (with someone or something)

To engage in a fight, argument, or competition with someone or something. Teams from all across the state are coming together to join battle this weekend at the events center. Oh, I've joined battle with the principal about my choice of curriculum many times before—I'm not worried.
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join battle

If you join battle with someone, you decide that you will try to defeat them in an argument or contest. Carter led the challenge against the Prime Minister and now finds himself joining battle with two of the party's most admired figures. European finance ministers will join battle this weekend in a new row over who should represent the Euro on the international stage.
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In unveiling some details of how he'd try to control government costs, Kitzhaber joined battle with rival Chris Dudley, the GOP nominee who last month issued his own budget reform proposal.
In the preface to Paradise Lost, finally, Milton joined battle with Hobbes, Davenant, and Dryden over the "modern bondage of Riming," championing blank verse as the seventeenth-century manifestation of "ancient liberty.
HEAVY morning rain gave way to bright afternoon sunshine as Merioneth County Show once again joined battle with the elements.
In the King George he joined battle with his rival over a furlong out but was outstayed in the closing stages, whereas over the shorter trip in the Irish Champion Stakes he gained his revenge (perhaps luckily) by a head.
Two High Street rivals joined battle with their latest collections yesterday, and the look was deceptively casual.
Galant Moss was always coasting in the two-mile, two-furlong hurdle, and joined battle with Prince Popof running to the penultimate jump.