battle of nerves

Battle of nerves
A battle of nerves is a situation where neither side in a conflict or dispute is willing to back down and is waiting for the other side to weaken. ('A war of nerves' is an alternative form.)

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • battle\ of\ nerves — • battle of nerves • war of nerves n. phr. A contest of wills during which the parties do not fight physically but try to wear each other out. It has been a regular battle of nerves to get the new program accepted at the local state university …   Словарь американских идиом

  • battle of nerves — {n. phr.} A contest of wills during which the parties do not fight physically but try to wear each other out. * /It has been a regular battle of nerves to get the new program accepted at the local state university./ See: WAR OF NERVES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • battle of nerves — {n. phr.} A contest of wills during which the parties do not fight physically but try to wear each other out. * /It has been a regular battle of nerves to get the new program accepted at the local state university./ See: WAR OF NERVES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • battle of nerves —    A battle of nerves is a situation where neither side in a conflict or dispute is willing to back down and is waiting for the other side to weaken. ( A war of nerves is an alternative form.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • battle of nerves — battle/war/of nerves phrase a competition or fight in which someone tries to beat their opponent by making them worried or afraid Thesaurus: sports events and competitionshyponym general words relating to sports and gamessynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) battle of nerves — a situation in which two competing groups of people try to defeat each other by frightening and threatening each other without taking action. This has become a battle of nerves with neither side seeming willing to back down …   New idioms dictionary

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