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all's fair in love and warunpleasant behavior is acceptable during love and conflict.
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man-of-warUsed other than as an idiom: see man, of, war. (A military man.)
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man-of-warAn armed naval vessel, primarily one armed with cannon and propelled by sails.
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man-of-warA jellyfish-like marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae, a Portuguese man-of-war or Pacific man-of-war.
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man-of-warA man of war bird, a magnificent frigatebird.
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Portuguese man-of-warUsed other than as an idiom: see Portuguese, man-of-war.
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Portuguese man-of-warA floating colony of hydrozoans (Physalia physalis) attached to a float; it superficially resembles a jellyfish.
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pre-warDescribing the most recent or significant war in a culture's history.
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pre-warDescribing the period before a war.
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pre-warDescribing the period before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
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tug of wara game or competition in which two teams pull or tug on opposite ends of a rope trying to force the other team over the line which initially marked the middle between the two teams.
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tug of wara dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back and forth dispute.
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turf warA dispute over territory between rival gangs.
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turf warA fight or confrontation between two divisions or parties for access to resources or capital.
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wage warA figurative allusion to pay discrepancies.
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war brideA company or individual whose business is increased by warfare.
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war brideA woman who marries a man who is on active duty military in wartime.
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war of nervesWarfare or other physical conflict in which one or more combatting parties use especially demoralizing and frightening tactics to attempt to unnerve their opponents.
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war of nervesA situation in which opposed parties refrain from direct conflict but maintain a tense, contentious relationship in which each uses annoyances or intimidating psychological tactics to attempt to dishearten and unnerve the other.
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aluminum showerAn event at which people give household items made of aluminum to the war effort.
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baby-killera Vietnam veteran returning to the United States, used by war opponents
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battle crySomething the troops yell out when going to war or battle.
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boots on the groundThe ground forces actually fighting in a war or conflict, rather than troops not engaged or other military action such as air strikes.
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comfort womanA woman forced, or supposedly recruited, into brothels by the Japanese occupation forces during World War II.
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enemy combatantAny person in an armed conflict who may be properly detained under the laws and customs of war.
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fight a losing battleTo continue to wage war when it is clear that one is not going to win.
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GI canused to refer sardonically to shells fired by the German Army in World War I
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go to the mattressesTo go to war; to use ruthless tactics; to act without restraint.
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new townA town built to address housing shortages post World War II.
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red rideranother name for "War", one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
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see the elephantTo witness something unexpected and awe-filling. [early 19th c. to Civil War]
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shoot oneself in the footTo deliberately sabotage an activity in order to avoid obligation, though it causes personal suffering. Origins in first world war trench warfare.
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wolfpackDuring World War II, any of various marauding groups of submarines, especially German submarines that patrolled the North Atlantic and preyed upon merchant ships.
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