To pick a quarrel
Quarrel Quar"rel, n. [OE. querele, OF. querele, F. querelle, fr. L. querela, querella, a complaint, fr. queri to complain. See {Querulous}.] 1. A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with his father about expenses. [1913 Webster]

I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant. --Lev. xxvi. 25. [1913 Webster]

On open seas their quarrels they debate. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation. [1913 Webster]

Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him. --Mark vi. 19. [1913 Webster]

No man hath any quarrel to me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him. --Holinshed. [1913 Webster]

3. Earnest desire or longing. [Obs.] --Holland. [1913 Webster]

{To pick a quarrel}. See under {Pick}, v. t. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest; dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle. [1913 Webster]


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  • To pick a quarrel — Pick Pick (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picked} (p[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Picking}.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. {Peck}, v., {Pike}, {Pitch} to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pick a bone with — Pick Pick (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picked} (p[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Picking}.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. {Peck}, v., {Pike}, {Pitch} to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pick a thank — Pick Pick (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picked} (p[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Picking}.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. {Peck}, v., {Pike}, {Pitch} to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pick a quarrel — {v. phr.} To seek the opportunity for a fight or a quarrel. * /When Charlie has too much to drink, he has a tendency to pick a quarrel with whomever happens to be around./ See: PICK A FIGHT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick a quarrel — {v. phr.} To seek the opportunity for a fight or a quarrel. * /When Charlie has too much to drink, he has a tendency to pick a quarrel with whomever happens to be around./ See: PICK A FIGHT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick\ a\ quarrel — v. phr. To seek the opportunity for a fight or a quarrel. When Charlie has too much to drink, he has a tendency to pick a quarrel with whomever happens to be around. See: pick a fight …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pick a quarrel — start a quarrel with someone on purpose I don t like her because she is always trying to pick a quarrel with others …   Idioms and examples

  • pick a quarrel with someone — pick a fight/quarrel/with someone phrase to start a fight or argument with someone He seemed determined to pick a fight with everyone at work that day. Thesaurus: to arguehyponym arguments and arguingsynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick a quarrel (with somebody) — pick a ˈfight/ˈquarrel (with sb) idiom to deliberately start a fight or an argument with sb • He had drunk too much and was ready to pick a fight with anyone who crossed his path. Main entry: ↑pickidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • To pick a bone with — Bone Bone (b[=o]n; 110), n. [OE. bon, ban, AS. b[=a]n; akin to Icel. bein, Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf. Icel. beinn straight.] 1. (Anat.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of vertebrate animals, consisting very largely …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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