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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.
Origin of war footing
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • With this increase, and the aid of our reserves, and our brave auxiliaries, our army will be placed on a war-footing.

  • During a period of thirty years the South was gradually assuming a war-footing.

    The Seventh Regiment George L. Wood
  • One and a half enemy corps had invaded Upper Alsace before our troops could be collected and placed on a war-footing.

    What Germany Thinks Thomas F. A. Smith
  • They were maintained on a war-footing, and were manned by thoroughly disciplined crews.

  • Kept virtually on a war-footing since 1912, the Greeks kicked over the traces.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • By the middle of November the Scotch army was thoroughly remodelled and placed on its war-footing.

    Monk Julian Corbett

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