One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prolonged debate conducted by means of the spoken or printed word.
argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-outView synonyms
- ‘Project Sudan is waging a war of words against Canadian oil company Talisman Energy Inc.’
- ‘Legalised brothels and drug raves in parks have sparked a political war of words in Manchester.’
- ‘Rather than sparking debate on the issue, it sparked a war of words between the various political parties.’
- ‘New Zealand waged a war of words in their own unique diplomatic style.’
- ‘The tenants have not traded from the 19th Century riverside building since then, and have been locked in a war of words with the council.’
- ‘Recently he has been involved in so many wars of words that he is battle weary.’
- ‘In the end, the children are forced to enforce a list of rules to ensure peace in the house, and put an end to flaming tempers and an unending war of words.’
- ‘East Riding Council was last year drawn into a public war of words with Education Secretary Charles Clarke over the funding issue.’
- ‘The re-release of Suspicious Minds has caused something of a war of words to break out between Elvis and Beatles fans in Scotland.’
- ‘Becker, surprisingly, did not immediately jump into the war of words with guns blazing.’
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