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

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for war footing

Historical Examples of war footing

  • 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.


    Julian Corbett

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

    The Seventh Regiment

    George L. Wood

  • With this increase, and the aid of our reserves, and our brave auxiliaries, our army will be placed on a war-footing.

  • 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