how goes the battle?

How goes the battle? Is a phrase used when you want to ask someone how the battle went. This battle can be an actual fight or battle or competition in the literal term, or be more of a generalization about the battles or troubles of every day life. When used figuratively, How goes the battle? Is usually a way of asking someone how they are doing, if their life is improving, and just being overly curious about their dilemma and if it is improving.