war footing


Definition of war footing

: the condition of being prepared to undertake or maintain war

Examples of war footing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the post-Thanksgiving vibe is one of great wariness among the public, and among scientists who are suddenly back on a war footing with an enemy that has killed 5.23 million people worldwide. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2021 The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, put the country on a war footing and galvanized Mr. Bush’s war council. New York Times, 18 Oct. 2021 The nation had been on war footing for months, one conflict raging in Afghanistan and another looming in Iraq. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Sep. 2021 If World War II put the United States on a permanent war footing, its inhumanity simultaneously brought about attempts to mitigate war’s worst horrors. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 At that time, the nation had been on war footing for months, one conflict raging in Afghanistan and another looming in Iraq. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, 11 Sep. 2021 O’Rourke’s own situation highlights the reason behind the change in virus war footing. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 For Newsom, whose administration has largely been on a war footing for the last 15 months, the decision to loosen the restrictions probably comes with little short-term political risk. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 Alternatively, a pivot to war footing could mean that older fighters such as the F-16 and F/A-18 will fly the bulk of combat missions. David Williams, National Review, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of war footing

1800, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2022

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“War footing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20footing. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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