be at loggerheads


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be at loggerheads

To be in conflict. A "logger" is a 16th-century term for a block of wood, so a "loggerhead" is a blockhead or fool. They are at loggerheads over the best way to lead the committee.
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be at loggerheads

if two people or groups are at loggerheads, they disagree strongly about something (often + with ) They're constantly at loggerheads with the farmers' union. (sometimes + over ) The Senate and the House are still at loggerheads over the most crucial parts of the bill.
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References in classic literature ?
A fine thing it would be if the people of the clock town were to be at loggerheads every moment with everyone who called them by that name, -or the Cazoleros, Berengeneros, Ballenatos, Jaboneros, or the bearers of all the other names and titles that are always in the mouth of the boys and common people
We can be at loggerheads or not at loggerheads in one day.