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cross swords (with someone)

Fig. to become the adversary of someone. Gloria loved an argument and was looking forward to crossing swords with Sally.
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cross swords (with somebody)

(slightly formal)
to argue with someone The candidates crossed swords on several issues, including taxes, guns and immigration.
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cross swords

Fight, either verbally or physically. For example, At every policy meeting the two vice-presidents crossed swords. This phrase alludes to the ancient form of combat using swords. Also see at sword's point.
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cross swords

To quarrel or fight.
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He had been due to cross swords again on Saturday with the Town Moor runner-up Rock Of Gibraltar - who was giving him 4lb that day and has since scored impressively in Group One company in France.
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I am sure he would love to cross swords again with Martin O'Neill like in the Glasgow derbies.
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SVEN-GORANERIKSSON is preparing to cross swords once again with the man responsible for inflicting the most painful defeat on the Swede during his tenure as England head coach.
SLOVENIA will be looking to the Republic of Ireland for inspiration when they cross swords with South Africa tomday.
DUNDEE skipper Barry Smith has vowed to make Aberdeen pay for ruining his glory day as he gears up to cross swords again with the Dons at Pittodrie in Tuesday's rearranged clash.
3) Basil Rathbone, left, and Errol Flynn cross swords in ``The Adventures of Robin Hood,'' one of five classic movies playing in the Last Remaining Seats series.
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