Definition of at loggerheads in English:

at loggerheads


  • In violent dispute or disagreement:

    ‘councillors were at loggerheads with the government over the grant allocation’
    • ‘Africa and the European Union have been at loggerheads over how to address past injustices, including slavery and colonialism.’
    • ‘Until the dispute was resolved in his favour at Leeds High Court he had to continue sharing offices with his former colleagues, with whom he was at loggerheads.’
    • ‘How does a person, much less a society, balance these things, which are often at loggerheads with one another?’
    • ‘Should I point to any pertinent debates where different interpretations put the issue of truth at loggerheads?’
    • ‘At other times the two have been at loggerheads.’
    • ‘The row has divided the council with environmental officers at loggerheads with the commercial services department responsible for the work.’
    • ‘The two men had been at loggerheads over a long-running dispute about devolution.’
    • ‘These North American basketball stars are at loggerheads as their teams prepare for tomorrow's Superbowl clash.’
    • ‘Mr Bradbury was frequently at loggerheads with the county council, particularly in recent years when the council limited the number of pupils.’
    • ‘The two countries have long been at loggerheads over their maritime boundary, a dispute that centres on the ownership of Mbana Island, in the Gulf of Guinea.’
    in disagreement, at odds, at variance, in opposition, at cross purposes, out of step, quarrelling, clashing, at outs
    in conflict, at war, at daggers drawn, fighting, wrangling, feuding, conflicting, locking horns, estranged
    at each other's throats, like cat and dog
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