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exchange words (with someone)

To argue, quarrel, or speak angrily (with someone). John exchanged words with Danny over the phone bills he's been racking up. I'll have to exchange words with him if his behavior doesn't improve. It sounds like Tom and Mary are exchanging words again.
See also: exchange, word

have words (with someone)

To argue, quarrel, or speak angrily (with someone). John's having words with Danny over the phone bills he's been racking up. I'll have to have words with him if his behavior doesn't improve. It sounds like Tom and Mary are having words again.
See also: have, word

have words

Euph. to argue. From the sound of things, Bill and his father had words last night. We had words on the subject of money.
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have words

talk angrily; argue. euphemistic
2004 Fast Company Magazine They don't kick him out, lock horns, or have words—although Ron Harbour certainly gives them plenty of reasons.
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have/exchange ˈwords (with somebody) (about something)

(especially British English) argue or quarrel with somebody because you do not like the way they have behaved: I had to have words with him about his behaviour.They both got angry and had words.
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References in classic literature ?
Occasionally they would exchange words with one another in a monosyllabic language.
After the ceremony, Ambassador Lhuillier had the opportunity to exchange words with President Macron and invite him to visit the Philippines, in reply to which Mr.
Ben Gibson acts as peacemaker as Adam Clayton, left, and Victor Valdes exchange words
Then, when manager Roberto Mancini introduced Nigel de Jong for Edin Dzeko ten minutes after the re-start, the Bosnian seemed to exchange words with his manager.
The row originated between wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and Strauss with Ponting quick to intervene and exchange words with the Middlesex opener.
The latest incident saw the 34-year-old exchange words with a male in the crowd, who was wearing an England shirt, during the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday.
Abe had initially decided not to attend an annual meeting to be held by the survivors on Monday, deciding instead to only attend a memorial service for atomic bomb victims, prompting Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba to say it was ''quite regrettable'' that the premier would not directly exchange words with the survivors during his visit to Hiroshima.
While forensic teams scoured the sealed-off area, members of the public stopped to exchange words of comfort with the armed police guarding the entrance to Morley Street.
The two protagonists again exchange words, both certain of the truth of what they are saying, but their irreconcilability is now imbued with tenderness.
Witnesses say they saw him approach the car of Brandon Falkner, another former Sun Devils player, and exchange words with Falkner before a single gunshot rang out.
Two members of the match-ball sponsors' party for the fifth-round tie were seen, and highlighted on TV, to exchange words with Rooney as he left the field following the pre-match warm up.
Two members of the match-ball sponsors' party for the fifth-round tie were seen, and highlighted on TV, to exchange words with United striker Rooney as he left the field following the pre-match warm up.
Essex's Australian star stood his ground and was seen to exchange words with wicketkeeper Steve Griffiths after being given out by John Hampshire.
The parents will not be allowed to exchange words directly but their accounts will contrast hugely if the judge accepts opinion.
The latest incident saw the 34-year-old exchange words with a man in the crowd, who was wearing an England shirt, during the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday.