passage of arms


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passage of arms

obsolete A skirmish, conflict, dispute, or fight. Though he may seem like a bit of a milquetoast, there is no better man to have beside you with a sword in a passage of arms. It came to light that the elderly patron of the theatre engaged in a passage of arms with the theatre director about the issue, even going so far as threatening to withdraw her support.
See also: arm, of, passage

passage of (or at) arms

a fight or dispute.
See also: arm, of, passage
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place of honour, had been assigned to Brian be Bois-Guilbert, whose renown in all games of chivalry, no less than his connexions with the knights who had undertaken this Passage of Arms, had occasioned him to be eagerly received into the company of the challengers, and even adopted as their chief and leader, though he had so recently joined them.
You are now almost a man, since you have made your first passage of arms, and have acquired the right to go where you will without consulting me.
Then once more, ten days later, after some passage of arms with one of her daughters, she had remarked sententiously.
After this passage of arms, in which Benassis showed not the slightest sign of a wish to appear generous or to pose as a philanthropist, the supposed invalid entered his doctor's house.
To this little passage of arms the rest of the company sat as spectators.
The brilliant Lady Stunnington tried a passage of arms with her, but was routed with great slaughter by the intrepid little Becky.