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Related to contested: call for, at least, proud of, swayed

pissing contest

A useless or trivial argument, competition, or comparison. Whenever Jeff and Tim hang out, they always get into this pissing contest about who's the bigger sci-fi fanatic. If you two are quite finished with your little pissing contest, do you think we might get back to work now?
See also: contest, piss

dick measuring contest

vulgar slang A petty competition among individuals (usually men) who are trying to prove that they are better at something than the others. You're all good golfers, OK? Now can we please stop this riduculous dick measuring contest? I hate how these polical debates always seem to turn into a dick measuring contest, with each candidate trying to outdo the others.
See also: contest, dick, measure

no contest

1. Lit. [in games] a situation where one team fails to appear for a competition. It was declared no contest because the opposing team was stuck in traffic out on the expressway.
2. Fig. a situation where the winner-to-be of a contest is obvious even before holding the contest. It was no contest. The wrestler was so big and strong that no one could have defeated him.
See also: contest

not going to win any beauty contests

Fig. homely; ugly. Fred isn't going to win any beauty contests, but he's smart and considerate and he does well at his job. This old truck of mine is not going to win any beauty contests, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
See also: any, beauty, contest, going, not, win
References in classic literature ?
I contested myself with the fore crosstrees, some seventy feet above the deck.
But she doesn't want you, I'll warrant, half so much as I do," he contested.
There was absolutely nothing which could be contested in the Will; and there was nobody I could think of who had the slightest interest in examining it.
He has fought successfully two contested elections, and has come out of the ordeal unscathed.
himself was for his part convinced that he was father of one of the most charming of girls, and that Rokesmith was the most favoured of men; which opinion, if propounded to him, Rokesmith would probably not have contested.
The first effects of the latter was the strange delusion, founded upon a well-known medical theory, strongly contended for by some, and as strongly contested by others, that an hereditary madness existed in his family.
obviously, payment of the contested liability will also give rise to a deduction.
461 (f) and the related regulations provide rules for the timing of deductions for contested liabilities.
A contested liability arises when a taxpayer refuses to admit liability to pay an amount claimed.
The rules provide an exception if the contested liability requires a payment to another person and arises under a workers' compensation act or under any tort.