this means war

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of this means war

used to show that one is offended by what someone has said or done and wants to start a fight with that person
  • He insulted my girlfriend, and as far as I'm concerned, this means war.
sometimes used humorously
  • Make fun of my car, will you? This means war!

Word by Word Definitions

mean play means
  1. : to have in the mind as a purpose : intend

  2. : to design for or destine to a specified purpose or future

  3. : to serve or intend to convey, show, or indicate : signify

  1. : lacking distinction or eminence : humble

  2. : lacking in mental discrimination : dull

  3. : of poor, shabby, or inferior quality or status

  1. : occupying a middle position : intermediate in space, order, time, kind, or degree

  2. : occupying a position about midway between extremes

  3. : serving as a means : intermediary

  1. : something intervening or intermediate

  2. : a middle point between extremes

  3. : a value that lies within a range of values and is computed according to a prescribed law: such as

war play
  1. : a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations

  2. : a period of such armed conflict

  3. : state of war

  1. : to be in active or vigorous conflict

  2. : to engage in warfare

  1. : worse

  1. : worst, overcome


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