a war of words

a war of words

a long argument between two people or groups (often + between ) The war of words between the two rivals for the presidency continues to dominate the news bulletins. (often + over ) The article describes the war of words over acid rain.
See a battle of nerves
See also: of, war, word
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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.