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go to war (over someone or something)

To engage in an intense conflict with someone or something for some reason. Despite the connotations of "war," the phrase is often applied to commonplace situations. OK, so your assistant ordered the wrong pens. Do you really want to go to war over it? You stole the captain of the football team's girlfriend, and you're surprised he's ready to go to war?
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go to war (over someone or something)

to wage a war over someone or something. (Often an exaggeration.) We aren't going to go to war over this, are we? Do you want to go to war over Sarah? Is she that important to you?
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And I believe in congressional authority to go to war. I've argued that on occasion with respect to some things here, but there are occasions which I have supported where a president of the United States has to make a decision immediately and implement that decision, execute on it immediately.
"Why did UK Ministers take the decision to go to war without the backing of the public or the UN?
He said while Britain was reluctant to go to war, preferring quite diplomacy, but America seemed prepared for war.
In the case of Iraq, Congress approved a resolution that essentially authorized the president to make the decision to go to war, thereby shirking its own responsibility under the Constitution.
However, I must confess to being just that as regards his remarks on whether or not we should, if seen as necessary, go to war with Iran.
But he did not go to war "reluctantly." He went to war recklessly.
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One day, we're going to have to go to war, I'm afraid, if he continues his policy....
"If we go to war tomorrow, the Raptor will go with us," said Gen.
The decision to go to war was 'a political decision', for which the Government was 'accountable to Parliament - and ultimately the electorate', said the judge.
Bush decided to go to war in three months if sanctions did not work and the Iraqis were still in Kuwait.
And if America can go to war without worrying about voters complaining when GIs come home in body bags, will we go to war less often, or more?
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I believe Mr Blair's half apology has made the situation worse, because while he admits the information he was given about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was wrong, he still insists it was right to go to war to bring down Saddam, although that was not the reason we went to war.