To catch a tartar
Tartar Tar"tar, n. 1. [Per. T[=a]t[=a]r, of Tartar origin.] A native or inhabitant of Tartary in Asia; a member of any one of numerous tribes, chiefly Moslem, of Turkish origin, inhabiting the Russian Europe; -- written also, more correctly but less usually, {Tatar}. [1913 Webster]

2. A person of a keen, irritable temper. [1913 Webster]

{To catch a tartar}, to lay hold of, or encounter, a person who proves too strong for the assailant. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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