foe, antagonist, adversary, opponent, rival, competitor, contestant, contender; the opposition, the other side:
His enemies were running a smear campaign against him.
arch, bitter, deadly, great, implacable, mortal, sworn | dangerous, formidable, powerful | ancient, old, traditional
In today's match England play their old enemy, Scotland.
| chief, main, principal
The lion is the zebra's chief enemy.
The Church and the Communist Party were natural enemies.
They united in the face of a common enemy.
VERB + ENEMY
She didn't have an enemy in the world.
He made many enemies during his brief reign. I didn't want to make an enemy of Mr Evans.
| attack, fight (against)
He was prepared to use any weapon to fight against his enemies.
| defeat, destroy | confront, face
He turned to face his enemy.
| defend sth against, protect sb/sth against/from
The cat uses its claws to protect itself against enemies.
The skunk releases a pungent smell to deter the enemy.
ENEMY + VERB
ENEMY + NOUN
army, forces, soldiers, troops, unit | defences, front (line), lines, positions, ranks
The spies managed to penetrate behind enemy lines.
| camp | action, bombing, fire
The men came under enemy fire. the first casualty from enemy action
Intelligence reported enemy activity just off the coast.
| country | territory | aircraft, fighter, plane, ship | propaganda
against an/the ~
They decided to use the weapon against the enemy.
fall into enemy hands
The document must not at any price fall into enemy hands.
| in the face of the enemy
He was shot for desertion in the face of the enemy.
| public enemy (number one)
Since the scandal, the former minister has become public enemy number one.
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