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at loggerheads

In conflict. A "logger" is a 16th-century term for a block of wood, so a "loggerhead" is a blockhead or fool. They are at loggerheads over the best way to lead the committee.
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be at loggerheads

To be in conflict. A "logger" is a 16th-century term for a block of wood, so a "loggerhead" is a blockhead or fool. They are at loggerheads over the best way to lead the committee.
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at loggerheads (with someone)

 and at loggerheads over something
Fig. in conflict with someone; having reached an impasse (about something). Tom is at loggerheads with Bill. We are at loggerheads with each other. The twins were at loggerheads over who should take the larger room.
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at loggerheads

Engaged in a quarrel or dispute, as in The two families were always at loggerheads, making it difficult to celebrate holidays together . This term may have come from some earlier meaning of loggerhead, referring either to a blockhead or stupid person, or to a long-handled iron poker with a bulb-shaped end that was heated in the fire and used to melt pitch. If it was the latter, it may have been alluded to as a weapon. [Late 1600s] For a synonym, see at odds.
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at loggerheads

COMMON If one person or group is at loggerheads with another, they strongly disagree about something. Social workers and doctors are at loggerheads over how well the new system will work. Trevor and his ex-wife Becky ended up at loggerheads — this time having a shouting match on the doorstep. Note: In medieval times, loggerheads were implements with long handles and a round bowl on one end. In battles, the bowl was filled with hot tar, and then thrown at the enemy.
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at loggerheads

in violent dispute or disagreement.
This expression is possibly a use of loggerhead in the late 17th-century sense of ‘a long-handled iron instrument for heating liquids and tar’; the tool was perhaps also used as a weapon.
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at ˈloggerheads (with somebody) (over something)

disagreeing or arguing very strongly (with somebody): The students are at loggerheads with the college over the price of food in the cafeteria.Management and staff are at loggerheads over the plan.In the past, a loggerhead was a long iron instrument which may have been used as a weapon.
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at loggerheads

Engaged in a dispute: The question of car privileges put Sam and his parents at loggerheads.
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Wyneken and her team documented rainfall and sand temperature relationships as well as rainfall, nest temperatures and hatchling sex ratios at a loggerhead turtle nesting beach in Boca Raton, located in southeast Florida.
The rest of Big Head's pals couldn't decide who would win - they were at loggerheads.
In early September, loggerhead nests at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina topped 1,900--about 200 more than last year--making it the highest nest count there since 1978, the year the species became federally protected.
Reduce the impact of fishing activities (by the Calabrian and Sicilian fishing fleets) on the populations of loggerhead turtle in the marine area off the nesting beaches;
Additionally, we acquired maps representing aerial and vessel survey sightings of loggerhead turtles to illustrate the spatial distribution of the most common species found in Florida's Atlantic waters.
Members from the society also had the opportunity to meet with H E Sheikh Sulaiman bin Salim al Mahrouqi, Wali of Masirah, Saleem al Junaibi, acting director of the Department of Environment and Climate Affairs in South Sharqiyah, and local fishermen to discuss ways on reducing the byA[degrees]catch of Loggerhead turtles, along with other sea creatures.
We are driven by a commitment to protect our natural and marine habitant and hope our work in Masirah will lead to the development of a National Turtle Conservation Strategy which is essential to protecting the 30,000 females loggerhead turtles that are in Oman alone," he added
To improve the random nature and spatial scope of in-water sea turtle data collected in the NW Atlantic Ocean, a trawl survey of sea turtle relative abundance was initiated in 2000 to address the need for "long-term, in-water indices of loggerhead abundance in coastal waters .
CUTLINE: Adam Kennedy releases Juggernaut, a juvenile loggerhead turtle, into the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.
Populations of Loggerhead Shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) have been declining over much of North America for the past several decades (Sauer et al.
Reich compared the bits of green-turtle scute with pieces of loggerhead seute.
Scientists found loggerhead turtles use magnetic fields to pinpoint both longitude and latitude, so they always know exactly where they are.
A loggerhead also was a red-hot, bulbous stick, used in 17th century England either to melt tar or heat beer.
The dangers faced by loggerhead turtles in the race for survival are beautifully portrayed throughout with a variety of shaped and black and white or colour illustrations.
For one, data from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Highly Migratory Species Division indicates that shark longlines kill almost as many loggerhead sea turtles as grouper longlines.