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.
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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.
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