declare war against (someone or something)

declare war against (someone or something)

1. To vow to fight against an enemy country or group in a literal war. We will have to declare war against the rebels if they advance over our border.
2. To voice opposition to someone or something without physical fighting. The mayor has declared war on crime in our city and is bolstering our police force.
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declare war against someone or something

 and declare war on someone or something 
1. Lit. to formally announce that one will fight a war with someone or some country. A group of countries declared war against the aggressor.
2. . Fig. to announce a serious campaign against a type of person or a serious problem. The president declared war against crime and criminals. The pressure group declared war on waste.
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