One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Engage in conflict.‘drug companies are locking horns in a legal battle over patents’
quarrel, disagree, have a dispute, wrangle, bicker, be at odds, be at loggerheads, lock antlers, cross swordsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, lawyers have already locked horns paving the way for lengthy court fights if the election is close.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘Here, he locks horns with a right-wing party spokesman on Belgium television.’
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