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wage war

This page is about the collocation wage war

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to begin a struggle or campaign to fight something

For example

  • The new government has promised to wage war on corruption.

  • This war that's been waged on mood-altering drugs hasn't stopped people taking them.

Quick Quiz

If a country's waging war on terrorism, it's

a. paying the terrorists' wages

b. campaigning for terrorism

c. fighting terrorism

Contributor: Matt Errey