be at daggers drawn

be at daggers drawn

  (British & Australian)
if two people or groups are at daggers drawn, they are angry and ready to fight or argue with each other
Usage notes: A dagger is a sharp pointed knife that was used in the past as a weapon.
(often + with ) Local residents are at daggers drawn with the council over rubbish collection. (often + over ) The two countries have several times been at daggers drawn over the future of the island.
See look daggers at
See also: dagger, drawn