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join battle (with someone or something)

To engage in a fight, argument, or competition with someone or something. Teams from all across the state are coming together to join battle this weekend at the events center. Oh, I've joined battle with the principal about my choice of curriculum many times before—I'm not worried.
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join battle

If you join battle with someone, you decide that you will try to defeat them in an argument or contest. Carter led the challenge against the Prime Minister and now finds himself joining battle with two of the party's most admired figures. European finance ministers will join battle this weekend in a new row over who should represent the Euro on the international stage.
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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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He writes with a muted elegance, a reluctance to join battle with--or even explore--anything on the current scene.
Umberto Eco, for example, contemplating the mass suicide by members of the People's Temple, observers that while in other countries social insecurity is allowed to take on more positive forms - revolution, struggles against tyrants, even nonviolent martyrdom, here "there is now no central object against which to join battle." The search for the alternative cult therefore becomes frantic: "California is a paradise cut off from the world, where all is allowed and all is inspired by an obligatory model of `happiness' (there isn't even the filth of New York or Detroit; you are condemned to be happy).
On the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, is dejected and confused and hesitates to join battle with his kinsmen, the Kauravas, mainly on the ground that to take another's life is not acceptable.
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As the soldiers parted, a Saxon armoured vehicle charged the rioters ( but still they returned to join battle, chanting and shouting in a hail of missiles.
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And the raiding party, based at Geoff Wragg's Newmarket stable, are not ready to return home yet as a crack at the Golden Jubilee is a distinct possibility - he is a 61 chance with Coral for the sixfurlong dash, in which he will join battle with Henry Candy's flying filly Airwave.