Definition of war of words in English:

war of words


  • A prolonged, often acrimonious, debate.

    ‘the political war of words over tax’
    • ‘New Zealand waged a war of words in their own unique diplomatic style.’
    • ‘Recently he has been involved in so many wars of words that he is battle weary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Project Sudan is waging a war of words against Canadian oil company Talisman Energy Inc.’
    • ‘Becker, surprisingly, did not immediately jump into the war of words with guns blazing.’
    • ‘Rather than sparking debate on the issue, it sparked a war of words between the various political parties.’
    • ‘Legalised brothels and drug raves in parks have sparked a political war of words in Manchester.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out
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