war footing

noun

Definition of war footing 

: the condition of being prepared to undertake or maintain war

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The country also remains on a war footing with indefinite universal conscription for the military that has prompted many thousands to flee the country and seek immigration to Europe. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Eritrea breaks silence and responds to Ethiopia peace overtures, will send delegation," 20 June 2018 He and his allies are going on a war footing as Robert S. Mueller III's investigation enters its second year. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "As Trump lunches with Senate Republicans, here are their gripes with him," 15 May 2018 Putting the state on war footing, invoking the language of conflict, is a brilliant political strategy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Republicans Poised for Collapse in New York," 9 Jan. 2018 But the response of Kim Jung Il was to increase its reliance on military force and put the nation on a war footing for an imminent US invasion. Philip Bobbitt, Time, "A Way Forward in the North Korea Crisis," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of war footing

1800, in the meaning defined above

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