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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.
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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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Record Head of Sport Traynor will play Sue Barker for the evening as he takes the role of quiz master with two teams - captained by Cowan and radio and TV celebrity Chick Young - doing battle in front of a live audience.
We either glorify it (remember bleary-eyed cricketer Andrew Flint-off being lionised for his day and night session after the Ashes victory) or when constant binge-drinking stumbles into something worse, we regard the alcoholic as a victim doing battle with a demon he cannot control.
The sources of fun, farce and subterfuge on this show include Uri Geller finding a phone mast in his garden, hard- man actor Ray Winstone doing battle with an angry waiter and little Irish Louis Walsh showing just how much lower heOs prepared to go to further his career.
The exterior shots are characterized by the blinding white of powerful jets of water, the greenish reflections of the Seine, and the silvery flashes of metal helmets--water as a salvational force, doing battle against the flames.
For this pounds 145,00 Group 2 Derby trial sees Sakhee and Pawn Broker doing battle again.
and Kloiber are meanwhile doing battle over their jointly run channel TM3.
He is better known for doing battle on the airwaves - wreaking havoc, fighting for justice, yelling, screaming, laughing and swearing.
At the time of this entry in his personal journal, he had just finished doing battle with an infestation of giant cockroaches which may or may not have been mechanical probes from an alien (read: superior) civilization.
This, according to Summers, was one of the main reasons for the dismal record Hoover compiled in doing battle with la Cosa Nostra.
The story of the post-1954 South--and, for that matter, of the rest of the nation--is that of men and women of good intentions doing battle with their fears and habits.
Beyond dispute is the drama, entertainment, atmosphere and sheer theatre of watching two gladiators - okay, ones that tend to be old and slightly overweight - doing battle.
THE THOROUGHBREDS doing battle on the track will not be the most famous animals on show at Sandown, where Joey, the celebrated equine puppet star of the award-winning play War Horse, will make a guest appearance.
It's hard to see this area ever again having four League clubs, let alone five, but I'd like to think ourselves, Leeds and Bradford City could one day all be doing battle in the Championship - or higher!
But Hayereckons Klitschko won't get in the ring with him -or anyone else -only nine weeks after doing battle with Chisora.
DOING BATTLE Former Magpie John Anderson, BBC presenter Simon Pryde and Sunderland's Marco Gabbiadini