Definition of be at daggers drawn in English:

be at daggers drawn


  • (of two people) be bitterly hostile towards each other.

    ‘they have been at daggers drawn for weeks over tactics’
    • ‘The British critics of The Times, Spectator and Observer were at daggers drawn.’
    • ‘His two most loyal cabinet ministers are now at daggers drawn.’
    • ‘The parties to contested actions are often at daggers drawn, and the litigious process serves to exacerbate the hostility between them.’
    • ‘You know that two people are at daggers drawn when they make a direct statement claiming to be united.’
    • ‘They can obviously smell the fact that we're at daggers drawn with the Treasury.’
    • ‘It's been an open secret in media circles for some years that the two giants of Sydney commercial radio were at daggers drawn.’
    • ‘Jack and Jim, who's extended his trip to the States, are at daggers drawn.’
    • ‘The ombudsman is already at daggers drawn with the former chief constable over the handling of the bomb inquiry.’
    • ‘For some reason, right throughout that tour, Alexander and Gilchrist were at daggers drawn.’
    • ‘The Hunting Bill is before the House of Lords, and the metropolitan middle classes and the rural population are at daggers drawn.’
    opposing, conflicting, clashing, at war, contending, fighting, battling, quarrelling
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