war footing


: the condition of being prepared to undertake or maintain war

Examples of war footing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Houchen -- who supports Sunak -- is calling for the new prime minister to put the government on a war footing over the cost of living, with pandemic-style daily press conferences and a huge economic package comparable to the furlough program to prevent households from going under. Alex Wickham, Bloomberg.com, 13 Aug. 2022 The war footing considerations also run to the low-tech, as SHAPE advises member states of the need to do things like invest in their old train tracks and roads. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2023 As Moscow remained on its war footing, regions across Ukraine on Friday continued to experience emergency power outages following the latest series of Russian airstrikes on Thursday. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 Russia is running short on troops because Putin has refused to call a general mobilization or put the country on a war footing, worried about possible domestic unrest. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 16 Sep. 2022 But so far, Israel has not sent weapons to Ukraine, nor joined a broad coalition of countries worldwide, including the seven largest industrial nations, in imposing harsh economic sanctions designed to isolate Russia and hamper its war footing. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Russia has been unable to replenish its forces because Putin has balked at ordering a full mobilization or putting the country on a war footing, fearing that could lead to domestic unrest that could threaten his rule, officials said. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 12 Sep. 2022 Yet, President Vladimir Putin hobbled the mobilization effort from the beginning, experts said, by refusing to put Russia on a war footing that would have allowed the military to start calling up reserves. BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2022 That would be the greatest economic rebound since 1941 when the U.K. was on a war footing, according to Bank of England statistics that date back to 1700. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of war footing was in 1800

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“War footing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20footing. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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