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Fighting in a war and relating to fighting in a war

action stations

interjection

used for telling soldiers to go to their positions so that they are ready to fight

active duty

noun

a soldier, pilot etc who is on active duty belongs to a military force as their main job

active service

noun

a soldier, pilot etc who is on active service is ready to take part in a battle that is taking place, rather than simply preparing for one

aggressor

noun

a country that starts a war, or someone who starts a fight

air cover

noun

the planes that do this

battle cry

noun

a loud shout given by soldiers to frighten the enemy or to encourage their own side

beleaguered

adjective

surrounded by an army and not able to escape

belligerent

noun

one of the countries involved in a war

black out

to make a place dark by turning off all the lights, for example so that the enemy cannot see a place at night.

blackout

noun

a period during a war when lights in streets and buildings are turned off so that an enemy cannot see them at night

bombed-out

adjective

forced to leave a place because of being attacked by bombs

capitulate

verb

to stop fighting in a war and accept that you are defeated

casus belli

noun

an event or situation that causes a war

civil defence

noun

the organization and training of ordinary people to help defend themselves and their country during a war

civil defence

noun

the preparations that a country makes for an attack by an enemy

combat

noun

relating to fighting in a war

combatant

noun

a person, group, or country that takes part in a war

commandeer

verb

to officially take someone’s property for military use

detach

verb

to send a group of soldiers to perform a special job separately from the rest of their group

dig in

if soldiers dig in or dig themselves in, they dig trenches where they can wait for an attack

disengage

verb

if an army disengages, it stops fighting in an area

dispatch

noun

a report that a military officer sends from a battlefield (=a place where a battle is being fought) or a government official sends from a foreign country

enemy

noun

a country that is fighting another country in a war: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

enemy

noun

relating to a country’s enemy

engage

verb

to start to fight with an enemy in battle

engage with

to start to fight an enemy in battle

ethnic

adjective

used about fighting between people from different ethnic groups living in the same place

exfiltrate

verb

to secretly remove soldiers, spies, etc. from a dangerous area

fighting

noun

a situation in which soldiers or armies use weapons against each other

GHQ

noun

General Headquarters: the place from which a military operation is controlled

headquarters

noun

the place from which military action is controlled: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

line

noun

a row of soldiers, ships, or weapons facing an enemy

loot

noun

goods or possessions taken from a place that an enemy has gained control of in a war

military

adjective

relating to armies or armed forces and the way in which they are organized

missing

adjective

if someone is missing, they cannot be found after a battle or accident but are not known to be dead or taken prisoner

mission creep

noun

a tendency for military operations in foreign countries to increase gradually and for more and more soldiers to be needed

mobilize

verb

if an army or large group of police officers mobilize, or if a government mobilizes them, they prepare to do something such as fight a war

mop up

to remove any remaining members of an enemy army from an area after a victory

night watch

noun

the time when a guard stays awake during the night in order to protect a place from attack or danger

outflank

verb

to get past the side of a group of enemy soldiers and attack them from behind

overwhelm

verb

to defeat an enemy in a battle

pin down

to keep soldiers in a place so that they cannot move

pre-emptive

adjective

intended to make it impossible or difficult for an enemy to attack

prosecute

verb

to carry out an activity, especially a war

pull back

if soldiers pull back, or if someone pulls them back, they move back towards their own land

pull out

if soldiers pull out of a place, or if someone pulls them out, they leave

push

verb

if an army pushes into, through, or across a country or area, it moves further into, through, or across it, using force

regroup

verb

if soldiers regroup, or if someone regroups them, they form into an organized group again to continue fighting

relief

noun

military help for an army or place that is being attacked or surrounded

reparations

noun

money paid by the country that loses a war for the damage and problems that it has caused to other countries

retreat

verb

if an army retreats, it moves away from a position because of danger or defeat

scorched earth policy

noun

the destruction by an army or a government of everything that might be useful to enemy forces moving into the area

send

verb

to put soldiers or military equipment in a place, especially because there is a war

service

noun

duties performed as a member of the armed forces, especially during a war

shellfire

noun

attacks by soldiers who are firing shells

skirmish

verb

to be involved in a skirmish

smokescreen

noun

a cloud of smoke created to hide the movements of soldiers or military vehicles

support

noun

help or protection that is given by one group of soldiers to another group who are fighting in a battle

tactics

noun

the skill of effectively organizing and using soldiers, weapons, and equipment in battles

wage

verb

to start and to continue a war or a fight

war cry

noun

a loud shout made by soldiers before or during a battle to frighten the enemy or to encourage their own side

warfighting

noun

fighting between the armed forces of countries that are at war

warlike

adjective

people or countries that are warlike tend to start wars

war paint

noun

paint that some people, for example Native Americans, traditionally put on their face and body when they went into battle

wartime

noun

the period when a war is taking place

win

verb

to achieve victory in a war, battle, or argument

withdraw

verb

if an army withdraws or is withdrawn from a place, it leaves

belligerence

noun

capitulation

noun

disengagement

noun

militarily

adverb

militarization

noun

militarize

verb

wartime

adjective

be on the march

to be marching to a new position

break ranks

if soldiers or police officers break ranks, they stop standing in lines and move away

close ranks

if soldiers close ranks, they stand nearer together in order to defend themselves better against an attack

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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