One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have an argument or dispute.‘the two leaders crossed swords’
quarrel, disagree, have a dispute, wrangle, bicker, be at odds, be at loggerheads, lock horns, lock antlersView synonyms
- ‘The two counties are meeting for the second time in four weeks, and this will be the tenth meeting of the sides since they first crossed swords almost 50 years ago.’
- ‘The two main parties crossed swords over the Midland Regional Authority's Draft Regional Planning Guidelines at Monday's County Council meeting.’
- ‘And I'm sure our leaders have exaggerated the extent to which they enjoyed crossing swords with him.’
- ‘Here he pauses, drops his diplomatic shield and oozes contempt for those he crossed swords with during his lengthy TV career.’
- ‘Leading names in politics and business will cross swords at the Manchester Evening News's great debate on a mini-parliament for the north west.’
- ‘The lawyer, who has crossed swords and won a court battle initially halting Powell's attempts to relax media ownership limits, also chided the chairman for not seeking input on other issues.’
- ‘I don't think I'd fancy crossing swords with him in open debate.’
- ‘An intense and sometimes fiery debate resulted in councillors crossing swords on a number of occasions.’
- ‘Though a champion of education, the moderate Republican repeatedly crossed swords with the teachers' union while mayor.’
- ‘She regularly joins in discussions on Britain's economic future, and recently crossed swords with Germaine Greer in a debate on the future of her adoptive city.’
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