Definition of lock horns in English:

lock horns


  • Engage in conflict.

    ‘drug companies are locking horns in a legal battle over patents’
    • ‘‘This summit was always going to be about posturing and locking horns before the real business begins - negotiating the way forward out of this mess,’ he said.’
    • ‘They are bent on locking horns with the government and setting their own deadlines for the yatra and have begun what could be described as nothing but an illegal registration process to mislead the pilgrims.’
    • ‘Even now, at an age when most people would rather be in a gated Florida compound than constantly locking horns with the establishment, he persists in banging his head against closed doors.’
    • ‘Would such opposites attract, learn from each other, and astonish us, or would these two conflicting musical spirits lock horns and fight it out?’
    • ‘When they go after a corporate player, they know they'll be locking horns with the best legal talent that billions can buy - not running roughshod over some overworked public defender.’
    • ‘Here, he locks horns with a right-wing party spokesman on Belgium television.’
    • ‘The scrum has creaked badly in both matches so far and, since the Italians' strength is in this area, the Scottish forwards must view locking horns with them next Saturday with barely suppressed panic.’
    • ‘Fearful to confront, because of our own fears, perchance we find ourselves looking into a mirror and are terrified to lock horns with our own conflicting thoughts.’
    • ‘Across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, lawyers have already locked horns paving the way for lengthy court fights if the election is close.’
    • ‘But the patio outside his home has become the centrepiece of a bitter battle which has seen him lock horns with his next-door neighbour - the town's mayor.’
    quarrel, disagree, have a dispute, wrangle, bicker, be at odds, be at loggerheads, lock antlers, cross swords
    fight, do battle, engage in conflict, contend
    have a dust-up, have a scrap, have a barney
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