go to war (over someone or something)

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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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On the whole, Daddy's Gone To War must be seen as an extraordinary achievement, for it is a rare book that can work from evidence to story to theory as smoothly and convincingly as this one does.
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Brzezinski asserts that "the United States and the Soviet Union by all pervious standards should have gone to war against each other on many occasions.' He maintains that the contrasts between the two countries are greater than those that brought us into war against Nazi Germany.
As I see it, the United States and the Soviet Union have not gone to war because there is no necessary conflict between their genuine "geopolitical interests.' The survival and well-being of neither depends on taking something away from the other.