pick a quarrel

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pick a quarrel

(with someone) Go to pick a fight (with someone).
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pick a quarrel

Also, pick an argument or fight . Seek an opportunity to quarrel or argue with someone. For example, I don't want to pick a quarrel with you, or Jason was always in trouble for picking fights. These terms use pick in the sense of "select." [Mid-1400s]
See also: pick, quarrel
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He's an evil and manipulative man - ever since we were kids he would pick an argument with me and I'd get the hiding.
But that doesn't mean to say you can pick an argument and assume you're going to win it.
THE bloke at the bar was burly and not lacking in confidence - not the sort of chap with whom I would wish to pick an argument.
One of our favourites was an activity play session with all the soft play equipment you can imagine, giant 'Connect Four' contests and such a large selection of ride-on toys that even the most cantankerous toddler would have struggled to pick an argument over one.
While Dyche doesn't looK liKe a man to picK an argument with, replays suggested he was right, but that didn't prevent Town top scorer Vaughan, who missed from the spot in the home draw against BlacKpool, coolly putting the ball to Heaton's right for his 12th goal of the season.
Rather than pick an argument with Yarm retailers, seek to convince the shops, bars and restaurants of Yarm, Norton and Teesside Park, that it's not an 'either or' situation.
The less you say, the less likely they are to pick an argument.
McLaren eventually fired one off Devils goalie Mike McKenna, and Robitaille once again tried to pick an argument with Alex Stalock near the red line.
And in an age when all-too-many of our fellow citizens are constantly looking for excuses to pick an argument, if not a fight, why go out of your way to draw attention to yourself?
It seems impossible to pick an argument over any price that is more than a real quibble.
He would pick an argument with himself in a lift but that's just the way he is.
He will not pick an argument with an umpire just because the game is on national television.
JIM HAMILTON may appear to be a gentle giant but he's not the type of guy you'd choose to pick an argument with.
Paul's a decent kid and on the verge of breaking into the elite, but now he needs to keep quiet, win a few tournaments and pick an argument with somebody his own age.
Professor Robert Bartlett, of St Andrews University, a leading expert on the Middle Ages, and who - from a mug shot on the web at least - looks like someone not to pick an argument with, said hooded tops were also the garment of choice for 12th-century juvenile delinquents.