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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.
Euph. to argue. From the sound of things, Bill and his father had words last night. We had words on the subject of money.
have words with someone (over someone or something)
Fig. to quarrel with someone over someone or something. I had words with John over Mary and her friends. Elaine had words with Tony over his driving habits.
have words with
Quarrel with, scold, as in If Pete keeps on pushing Billy I'm going to have words with him. This phrase dates from the late 1700s, although the use of words for an altercation is much older. Also see have a word with.
have wordstalk 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.