declare war on (someone or something)

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declare war on (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 on 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 on

Also, declare war against. Announce one's intent to suppress or eradicate something or someone. For example, The police have declared war on drug dealing in the neighborhood, or Several gangs have declared war against each other. This usage transfers the literal sense of the term, "to state formally one's intention to carry on hostilities against another power," to a somewhat smaller scale.
See also: declare, on, war
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Duterte only read US history, he would probably know that America only declares war if and when something "Big" like what happened in Pearl Harbor would force the US to declare war against a nation that attacks it.
JULY 28, 1914 Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
AUGUST 4, 1914 Britain declares war on Germany after they invade Belgium.
The Austrian government declares war on Serbia the next day JUNE 29 1914, Germany offers to support Austria if necessary.
1738 - English parliament declares war on Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
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In the letter, Moat declares war on the police and vowed to take as many officers with him as he could.
Witch doctor Ew Chott Channy declares war on the living, but he and his wife are slain before he can unleash his undead hordes upon the world.
A month later, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
Germany, Austria-Hungary's ally, declares war on Russia, France, and Belgium.
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July 28: Austria declares war on Serbia which causes Russia to mobilise its troops.
DEFIANT: President George Bush declares war on a series of new targets in his speech to Congress yesterday
But I am old enough to have lived through the latter situation and remember it clearly, so I cannot help but wonder whether, if the USA declares war on Iraq, will the Americans expect the UK to wait for two years or so to see whether Iraq or one of its allies declares war on Britain before we Brits decide whether to join in?