Definition of passage of (or at) arms in US English:

passage of (or at) arms


  • A fight or dispute.

    • ‘What do we make of all this passage at arms in the trial, Mr Walker?’
    • ‘Well, we say that's the end of the case, and that's what Mr Stitt conceded in the passage of arms between you…’
    • ‘We had applied to lead fresh evidence and that then led to a passage at arms about the appeal strictu sensu, Duralla's Case and the like.’
    • ‘Wherefore, though his hair be grizzled and his face marked with serried lines, he departed not the passage of arms for straight love of tourneying.’
    • ‘Already 2-0 down in the series after consecutive top-order batting collapses, this passage of arms - after a difficult summer for both the players and the board - could not have come at a worse possible time.’
    • ‘If your Honours would go to page 83, you will the see the passage - I am not saying it is a passage of arms; that is putting it too highly’