give battle

give battle

dated To engage in a fight, conflict, or confrontation. The king's forces amassed at the ridge, preparing to give battle against the invading army. In this unforgiving world, you must be prepared to give battle for your ideals.
See also: battle, give
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Seeing that they were determined to give battle, I leaned over the rail of the Sari and brought the im-perial battle-squadron of the Emperor of Pellucidar into action for the first time in the history of a world.
We will arm our four lackeys with pistols and musketoons; if they send an army out against us, we will give battle, and the survivor, as D'Artagnan says, will carry the letter.
Sir Launcelot will give battle to dragons, and will abide by them, and will assail them again, and yet again, and still again, until he do conquer and destroy them; and so likewise will Sir Pellinore and Sir Aglovale and Sir Carados, and mayhap others, but there be none else that will venture it, let the idle say what the idle will.
After the field marshal's departure it appears that we are within sight of the enemy and must give battle.
Experts say it will also have integrated communications, body and external sensors, and a head-up display to give battle information graphics in real time along with night vision.
to give battle at Dien Bien Phu, a French base in north-west Vietnam, where the Vietnamese, with massive Chinese military aid and advice, won a decisive victory in May 1954.
The militants were taken out one by one, the last one continuing to give battle for a couple of hours after being wounded.
Greene hastened north and consolidated his ragtag army but refused to give battle.
It is the art, not science, of using tactical events, battles and refusals to give battle, victories and sometimes also defeats (from the North Vietnamese perspective, the Tet offensive was a tactical defeat but a decisive operational victory) to strike as directly as possible at the enemy's strategic center.
But tonight John Terry has to pay back Roy Hodgson, England and the watching nation, prove he is ready to give battle for his flag.
There was a tower at Chillingham when Edward I stopped over on his way in 1298 to give battle to the Scots.
They are a great team but psychologically we are ready to give battle.
In fact, the use of men in silhouette in a dance of mourning, or the way the corps is used in frieze patterns (very unTharp) to fill the stage and give battle action ballast, these moments look lifted.
The army's claim that it is ready to give battle " at very short notice" is belied by the fact that it is yet to create the combat battle groups that will be the core of the " cold start" strategy.
Likewise, thoroughly examined are Lee's decisions to defend the passes in South Mountain, to stand at Sharpsburg, to give battle rather than withdraw to Virginia, and finally his seemingly defiant and perhaps foolhardy decision to stand in place, battered though his army was, and accept battle on 18 September.