ADJ. 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. | natural The Church and the Communist Party were natural enemies. | common They united in the face of a common enemy. | political
VERB + ENEMY have She didn't have an enemy in the world. | make 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. | deter The skunk releases a pungent smell to deter the enemy.
ENEMY + VERB attack sb/sth
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 | activity Intelligence reported enemy activity just off the coast. | country | territory | aircraft, fighter, plane, ship | propaganda
PREP. against an/the ~ They decided to use the weapon against the enemy.
PHRASES 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.