make war


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make war

 (on someone or something)
1. Lit. to attack someone or something and start a war. The small country's generals made war on the United States, hoping for foreign aid when they lost the war.
2. Fig. to actively oppose someone or something. The police made war on violent street crime.
See also: make, war
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In fact, Hemingway's desire to make war on the page not be something that exists only as realism nor as naturalism, but something different--a craft of making war so that it is all the more so personal yet so universal truly does shift the perspective.
The media tycoon went on: "He said, 'Well, your company has declared war on my government and we have no alternative but to make war on your company'.
Even without reference to the case of a democracy that, finding self-defense insufficient justification and retaliation an insufficient end, makes war on a non-democracy so as to make the non-democracy a democracy that will not make war on the democracy that made war on it, the postulate upon which the president has in all good faith chosen to rely is contradicted by inconvenient fact.
So on the general question of preventive war--whether to make war now in order to avoid a worse war later--my position is: It depends on the circumstances.
If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another, possibly more effective, pretext after war is on.
And as long as Hannah and Sula make love to men in the novel, the men are not making war; that is, as long as women are not having babies, there will be no men to make war.
From the sidelines cheering them on, I hear the voices of other men who have interests in oil plus some right-wingers for whom the desire to make war seems to be part of their emotional make-up.
The latter have to make war on independent institutions.