come to blows

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come to blows (over someone or something)

 and come to blows (about someone or something)
to reach the point of fighting about someone or something. Let's not come to blows over this silly disagreement.
See also: blow, come

come to blows

to have a fight or a serious argument Protesters nearly came to blows with the police.
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come to blows

to have a fight or a serious argument with someone Demonstrators nearly came to blows with the police during the march. (often + over ) It seems increasingly unlikely that the two countries will come to blows over this latest territorial dispute
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come to blows

Begin to fight. For example, It hardly seems worth coming to blows over a dollar! Thomas Hobbes had it in Leviathan (1651): "Their controversie must either come to blowes, or be undecided." This term is also put as fall to blows, especially in Britain. [Late 1500s]
See also: blow, come

come to blows

To begin a physical fight.
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References in classic literature ?
It was sufficiently evident, both to Emma and to the locksmith's poor little daughter herself, that she, Dolly, was the great object of attraction; and that so soon as they should have leisure to indulge in the softer passion, Hugh and Mr Tappertit would certainly fall to blows for her sake; in which latter case, it was not very difficult to see whose prize she would become.