warpath

[wawr-path, -pahth]
noun, plural warpaths [wawr-pathz, -pahthz, -paths, -pahths] .
1.
the path or course taken by American Indians on a warlike expedition.
Idioms
2.
on the warpath,
a.
seeking, preparing for, or engaged in war or aggressive pursuit.
b.
in a state of anger or indignation; hostile.

Origin:
1745–55, Americanism; war1 + path

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warpath (ˈwɔːˌpɑːθ)
 
n
1.  the route taken by North American Indians on a warlike expedition
2.  on the warpath
 a.  preparing to engage in battle
 b.  informal in a state of anger

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warpath

see on the warpath.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Regulators are on the warpath against commodities speculators.
Conservation groups, unsurprisingly, remain on the warpath.
Hunting grounds began to overlap, and the warpath often replaced the trails of migration and trade.
She meant, of course, if they ever went on the warpath or scalped people.
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