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crusade against (someone or something)

To strongly oppose someone or something and encourage others to do the same. Many people in our small town are crusading against that big construction project because they feel that we don't need more stores so close to our homes.
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crusade for (someone or something)

To strongly support someone or something and encourage others to do the same. Many people in our small town are crusading for that big construction project because the closest store right now is 10 miles away.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

crusade against someone or something

to campaign or demonstrate against someone or something. You are always crusading against one cause or another. Ed started crusading against Eric and the latter threatened suit.
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Crusade for someone or something

to campaign or demonstrate for someone or something. I can hardly crusade for the defeat of a friend. Ed went on a crusade for Eric, hoping to get him elected.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The preachers of the Crusades were powerful in communicating and advocating violence through their violent words, though certainly some of the Crusade preachers thought of their preaching as pious and containing noble ideals.
As a result of this wholesale revision, there have been a number of new general histories of the Crusades based upon current scholarship, most notably Jonathan Riley-Smith's The Crusades: A Short History, and Thomas Madden's A Concise History of the Crusades.
This is peculiar, as one of the strongest points of the book is its explanation of how the movement originated and the ways in which the Crusades were products of the sometimes paradoxical social, religious, and political forces of the Middle Ages.
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, FEW HISTORICAL events have been evoked more frequently than the Christian Crusades to the Holy Land (1095-1291).
Having denounced the Crusades as mercenary, brutal, and un-Christian, Francis was determined to make his way through the clashing fleets of the Fifth Crusade to witness to Christ to the sultan.
It tells of the Children's Crusade, in 1212, when a shepherd had a vision that inspired thousands of young people across France and Germany to walk to Jerusalem to convince the Moslems there of Christ's love.
The pope would then turn to the history of the Crusades and acknowledge with sorrow that Christianity has often been wrongly used to promote hatred and violence against others, perhaps quoting some pithy statements of popes who called for Crusades against Islam.
In those cases, members of the AU legal team often write to school officials and tell them that future assemblies must be free from proselytizing and promotions for off-site religious crusades.
Thanks to Osama bin Laden, the Crusades have been getting a lot of bad press lately.
The popes' theoretical objective in calling for the Crusades was to liberate Jesus Christ's tomb in Jerusalem from the clutches of the Muslims.
When you read back into the Crusades, the behaviour of the Crusaders was much less civilised than Saladin's.'
Conservatives and progressives have made common cause in many of the moral crusades and moral panics of the last century--and in its broad outlines, one can see the not-quite-unusual alliance taking shape even earlier.
God Wills It -- In the west, the Crusades of the eleventh through thirteenth centuries -- if thought of at all -- are remembered as a colourful, chivalrous and romantic interlude in history with little lasting relevance.
Western Crusades' historians have relegated her to a minor role in their respective dramas.
Nevertheless, this an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the Crusades, as well as providing a valuable overview for those already familiar with the Third Crusade.