Definition of at loggerheads in US English:

at loggerheads

phrase

  • In stubborn dispute or disagreement.

    ‘council was at loggerheads with the government over the grant allocation’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Should I point to any pertinent debates where different interpretations put the issue of truth at loggerheads?’
    • ‘Africa and the European Union have been at loggerheads over how to address past injustices, including slavery and colonialism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How does a person, much less a society, balance these things, which are often at loggerheads with one another?’
    • ‘The two men had been at loggerheads over a long-running dispute about devolution.’
    in disagreement, at odds, at variance, in opposition, at cross purposes, out of step, quarrelling, clashing, at outs
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