handbags at dawn

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handbags at dawn

A confrontation or disagreement that is highly aggressive, emotionally expressive, and/or highly dramatic, but which does not end or result in violence. Used originally and primarily in reference to football (soccer) players, who would be sent off if they engaged in violent actions, the phrase is a play on the clichéd "pistols at dawn," indicating a forthcoming pistol duel. Primarily heard in UK. It was handbags at dawn between the two players, who had been verbally taunting one another throughout the match.
See also: dawn, handbag
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There's no contest with hard stares and handbags at dawn.
They got into a bit of a battle but it was handbags at dawn stuff.
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The referee told me a report will be going in on the incident in the tunnel - but to me it came into the handbags at dawn category.
It was handbags at dawn with Jordan pushing his head against the brow of the other player.
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