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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The hostile relationship between the west and Iran has seen peaks and troughs in the last 40 years, but both sides keep tensions below the threshold of an all-out war. They fight each other by indirect means.
ISLAMABAD -- Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in Indian Occupied Kashmir has said that India has launched an all-out war against the defenseless people of the territory to intimidate them into submission.
ISLAMABAD: Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in Indian Occupied Kashmir has said that India has launched an all-out war against the defenseless people of the territory to intimidate them into submission.
Opposition senatorial bets have denounced President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of an "all-out war" against terrorists behind the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu that killed at least 20 people and injured more than 70 others, saying that this can only escalate the situation in Mindanao.
The recent raid on a suspected shabu laboratory inside the exclusive Greenhills Subdivision in San Juan City tells us how drug lords have become even more brazen with their illegal trade, despite President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody all-out war on illegal drugs.
'This is a signal fire to worse state gangsterism and vigilantism, which are now already expressed under Oplan Tokhang and all-out war against perceived communist rebels,' she added in a statement.
After several stuttering series, Walking Dead has been enjoying a real return to form, making great headway from the all-out war nonsense that seemed to drag on interminably.
Two days ago, Mohd Shukri had proposed that the government amended the act so that offenders were meted with heavier punishment such as caning in an all-out war against corruption.
In case of an all-out war, India could lose more than it gains.
when he (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/15/north-korea-nuclear-test-miltary-parade-kim-il-sung) reportedly said: "We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack."
NORTH Korea paraded ballistic missiles in a massive show of strength yesterday and warned: "We will respond to all-out war...
A source said: "The Mexican marines have already been placed on standby as an all-out war is expected.
Summary: Nearly four years after a popular uprising erupted in Syria, followed by a brutal crackdown that degenerated into all-out war and generated the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.
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.
Summary: North Korea on Saturday issued a fresh warning of an "all-out war", urging the United ...