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1. Currently engaged in armed combat, as between nations. The two countries have been at war for nearly 40 years, with many lives lost on both sides.
2. Currently engaged in a heated or bitter disagreement between two parties. I've been at war with my neighbor over where our lawns end since I moved in.
3. Engaged in an inner conflict, that is, a conflict within one's mind or conscience. I've been at war with myself over what to do with money I found. Do I keep it, or do I turn it in to the police?
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Engaged in armed conflict; also, in a state of disagreement. This term may be used literally, usually of nations or smaller groups engaged in armed hostilities, as well as hyperbolically, describing a mild disagreement as "war," and figuratively, for an inner conflict. For example, The Greeks and Turks have been at war for many years (literally); The two families were at war about the bill for the wedding reception (hyperbolic); and, as Shakespeare put it in Measure for Measure (2:2): "I am at war 'twixt will and will not" (inner conflict of indecision). [Late 1300s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
In an active state of conflict or contention.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.