Do battle - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
To fight or argue with someone or something. Once politics are mentioned at family dinners, everyone starts doing battle. Oh, I've done battle with the principal about my curriculum many times before—I'm not worried.
do/join ˈbattle (with somebody) fight, compete or argue (with somebody): A group of local parents have decided to join battle with the council about their decision to close two of the town’s schools.
References in periodicals archive
Two sides will do battle
at Wembley for the right to play in the Premier League next season in the most lucrative club fixture in the world.