do battle

do battle

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.
See also: battle

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.
See also: battle, join
References in classic literature ?
for a stranger, who is also of another faith, to find one who will do battle, wagering life and honour for her cause, against a knight who is called an approved soldier.
My father, if a strong man can be found to do battle for my cause with sword and spear, according to the custom of the Nazarenes, and that within the lists of Templestowe, on the third day from this time, peradventure our fathers' God will give him strength to defend the innocent, and her who hath none to help her.
But he cannot bear his armour, and what other Christian shall do battle for the oppressed of Zion?
I will hie me to the city of York, where many warriors and strong men are assembled, and doubt not I will find among them some one who will do battle for thy daughter; for gold is their god, and for riches will they pawn their lives as well as their lands.
At last it was decided that the men were too much wearied to do battle longer.