cross swords

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 situation. It is a tussle (vehement struggle without use of arms) between the parties to establish supremacy.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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

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  • 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

  • cross swords — phrasal to engage in a dispute …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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