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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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While World magazine, which sounded the alarm, was scolded for joining battle in hysterical and sarcastic tones, the translators were compelled to explain in what sense it was "accurate" to render masculine terms neuter, singulars plural, or produce grammatical whimsies like "everyone.
Lochside Bait and Tackle and Ayr Nomads will be joining battle in an attempt to bring the title to Scotland for the first time.
He said Saudi Arabia still suffers from Saudi youths joining battles in Syria and Iraq as a result of Daesh's propaganda.
Groups on the more extreme end of the spectrum, particularly those affiliated with al Qaeda, have proven remarkably adept at spreading their military resources across large swathes of territory, joining battles at the pivotal moment, and exploiting their superior organizational structures to establish political control and influence over territory," read a report published by Foreign Policy in September.