cross swords
phrasal to engage in a dispute

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cross swords — When people cross swords, they argue or dispute. This expression is used when some groups accuse each other for non adherence to norms. Actually no sword is used but the tempo of the argument is high enough to cause worsening of the already bad… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cross swords — (with (someone)) to argue with someone. The candidates crossed swords on several issues, including taxes, guns and immigration …   New idioms dictionary

  • cross swords — ► cross swords have an argument or dispute. Main Entry: ↑cross …   English terms dictionary

  • cross swords — QUARREL, disagree, dispute, wrangle, bicker, be at odds, be at loggerheads, lock horns; fight, contend; informal scrap. → sword * * * phrasal : to come to grips : be drawn into combat or altercation cross swords with one s landlady over the rent… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross swords — {v. phr.}, {literary} To have an argument with; fight. Often used with with . * /Don t argue with the teacher; you re not old enough to cross swords with her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cross swords — {v. phr.}, {literary} To have an argument with; fight. Often used with with . * /Don t argue with the teacher; you re not old enough to cross swords with her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cross\ swords — v. phr. literary To have an argument with; fight. Often used with with . Don t argue with the teacher; you re not old enough to cross swords with her …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cross swords — verb a) to place or hold two swords so they cross each other b) to fight with someone, to duel …   Wiktionary

  • cross swords — Larry is crossing swords with his brother in law again Syn: quarrel, disagree, dispute, wrangle, bicker, be at odds, be at loggerheads, lock horns; fight, contend; informal scrap …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • cross swords — have an argument or dispute. → cross …   English new terms dictionary

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