war footing
noun Date: 1800 the condition of being prepared to undertake or maintain war

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  • war footing — /ˈwɔ fʊtɪŋ/ (say waw footing) noun readiness for war, as in a state, nation, etc.: *Before the Ngunawal could ever organise on a war footing, firearms had beaten them time and time again. –al grassby and marji hill, 1988. Also, wartime footing …   Australian English dictionary

  • war footing — noun : the condition of being prepared to undertake or maintain war * * * the condition or status of a military force or other organization when operating under a state of war or as if a state of war existed. [1890 95] * * * war footing, the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • war footing — the condition or status of a military force or other organization when operating under a state of war or as if a state of war existed. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • war footing — n. condition of being ready and prepared to take on or sustain war; status of a military force or other organization when functioning under a state of war …   English contemporary dictionary

  • footing — noun 1 secure grip with your feet ADJECTIVE ▪ firm, sure VERB + FOOTING ▪ keep ▪ He struggled to keep his footing on the slippery floor. ▪ regain …   Collocations dictionary

  • footing — [[t]f ʊtɪŋ[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: with supp, usu on N If something is put on a particular footing, it is defined, established, or changed in a particular way, often so that it is able to develop or exist successfully. The new law will put official… …   English dictionary

  • footing — UK [ˈfʊtɪŋ] / US noun [singular] 1) a firm position for your feet on a surface, especially one that is difficult to stand on or walk across keep/lose/miss your footing: She lost her footing and tumbled into the river. 2) a) the basic conditions… …   English dictionary

  • footing — foot|ing [ˈfutıŋ] n 1.) [singular] the conditions or arrangements on which something is based put/place sth on a ... footing ▪ He wanted to put their relationship on a permanent footing. a financial/commercial/legal etc footing ▪ The city started …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • footing — n. 1) to keep one s footing 2) to lose one s footing 3) an equal; solid, sure; unequal footing 4) on a certain footing (to be on a friendly footing with smb.; to place a country on a war footing) * * * [ fʊtɪŋ] solid sure unequal footing an equal …   Combinatory dictionary

  • footing — noun (U) / fUtIN / 1 the conditions or arrangements under which something exists or operates : on a legal/scientific/official etc footing: The article attempts to put their work on a more scientific footing. | on a sound/firm/solid footing: new… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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