declare war against (someone or something)

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declare war against (someone or something)

1. To officially announce the intention to fight against an enemy country or group in a war. We will have to declare war against the rebels if they advance over our border.
2. To announce the intention to vehemently oppose someone or something. This usage does not refer to 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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References in classic literature ?
"I have declared war against no people," he answered.
They both concurred in their censures on her conduct; jointly declared war against her, and directly proceeded to counsel, how to carry it on in the most vigorous manner.
He then formally declared war against Pedro Lopez, the leader of the slave-drivers, enrolled a band of runaway slaves in his service, armed them, and conducted a campaign, which ended by his killing with his own hands the notorious half-breed and breaking down the system which he represented.
"The Kingdom has confronted this threat head on and declared war against both terror groups."
'That is why President Muhammadu Buhari declared war against poverty as a means to ending insecurity,'' he said.
Mongolian Health Minister Davaajantsan Sarangerel on Monday declared war against the sexually transmitted disease (STD) syphilis, a growing public health concern in the East Asian country, Xinhua reported.
'There has always been threats against national leaders, and all the more so against this President who has made enemies on all fronts when he declared war against drugs, criminality, corruption and all forms of illegality,' Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Newly deployed County Commander Ali Nuno has declared war against illegal possession of firearms.
At that time, the USA waited for two years to see where the wind blew before deciding whether to join in - and then did so only after Pearl Harbour, when the Germans had effectively declared war against them.
"La Marseillaise" was written in 1792 by Claude Joseph after France declared war against Austria.
He said the mastermind of the Model Town massacre deserved no legal or constitutional clemency, and any such concession to him would amount to providing justification to all those who had declared war against the state.
He continued that any such move would amount to providing justification for all those who declared war against the state.
"We regard Manbij as strategically important as Afrin, so as Syria's National Army ("al-Jaysh al-Watani") we have declared war against the Kurdistan workers' Party (PKK) formations in Manbij.
Violence has surged across Mexico since former president Felipe Calderon's government declared war against the country's powerful drug cartels in late 2006.
As a familiar illustration, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had only resorted to Jihad by the sword when non-believers declared war against him and his message; thus there was no alternative except to fight back.