join battle with

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When the Achaeans are in full fight with the Trojans, you shall see, if you care to do so, that the father of Telemachus will join battle with the foremost of them.
Postmen, plumbers, scaffolders, teachers and at least one rabbit minder join battle with League clubs in the FA Cup first round, knowing they could be 180 minutes from a dream trip to Old Trafford in the third round.
50 years ago 5 years ago 25years ago 10 years ago GERMAN giants Bayern Munich were ready to join battle with Boro for Leeds United striker Mark Viduka.
Of course, I don't suppose any stores will take me up on my offer and I will have to join battle with Attila's hordes like everybody else and attack counters as if on a mission of pillage and destruction.
The picture-postcard image of the bloodstock world is that of shiny yearlings being paraded at the top public auctions, where the Doobie Brothers of Dubai - to use the Keeneland nickname for the Maktoums - join battle with the Coolmore `boys' for the choicest horseflesh.
And the raiding party, based at Geoff Wragg's Newmarket stable, are not ready to return home yet as a crack at the Golden Jubilee is a distinct possibility - he is a 61 chance with Coral for the sixfurlong dash, in which he will join battle with Henry Candy's flying filly Airwave.
and he just can't wait to join battle with Hollywood pretty boy Brad.
MAY Day, once an essentially harmless pagan fertility festival, and later a time for generalised merry-making and collective goodwill to mark the end of the long winter, has become, sadly, little more than an annual excuse for extrovert, self-proclaimed ``anarchists'' to make a public nuisance of themselves and, given a flimsy-enough excuse, join battle with those they perceive as their sworn enemies, meaning virtually everyone else.
The storm-troopers of New Labour have been despatched, flanked by a squadron of image consultants to their right and a focus group to their left, to join battle with the guardians of our military heritage.
On the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, is dejected and confused and hesitates to join battle with his kinsmen, the Kauravas, mainly on the ground that to take another's life is not acceptable.
German giants Bayern Munich are ready to join battle with Boro for Leeds United striker Mark Viduka.
But the craggy Scot knows Troy is an epic movie - and he just can't wait to join battle with Hollywood pretty boy Brad.