a war of words

war of words

A lengthy argument characterized by verbal exchanges. The union boss got into a war of words with management over the unfair treatment of the workers.
See also: of, war, word

a war of words

JOURNALISM
COMMON A war of words is an argument between two people or groups, in which both sides criticize each other angrily. Both players are involved in a war of words in the press, each blaming the other for the situation. A war of words has blown up over who is to blame for a confrontation between police and fans outside the venue.
See also: of, war, word

a war of words

a prolonged debate which is conducted by means of the spoken or printed word.
See also: of, war, word

a ˌwar of ˈwords

a fierce argument or disagreement over a period of time between two or more people or groups: the political war of words over tax
See also: of, war, word
References in periodicals archive ?
Summary: Ualsan: A war of words between the coaches of Iran and South Korea has spiced .
Ualsan: A war of words between the coaches of Iran and South Korea has spiced things up between the Group A rivals as they bid to secure automatic qualifying spots for the 2014 World Cup.