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It takes two to make a quarrel.

Prov. An argument is never only one person's fault.; If the other person refuses to participate, there cannot be an argument. Sue: I think Mimi ought to apologize for arguing with me. Mother: It takes two to make a quarrel, dear. Maybe you ought to apologize to her. Jill: Why are you always so quarrelsome? Jane: Hey, it's not just my fault. It takes two to make a quarrel.
See also: make, quarrel, take, two

patch a quarrel up

Fig. to put an end to a quarrel; to reconcile quarreling parties. Tom and Fred were able to patch their quarrel up. I hope we can patch up this quarrel.
See also: patch, quarrel, up

pick a fight (with someone)

 and pick a quarrel (with someone)
to start a fight or argument with someone on purpose. Are you trying to pick a fight with me? Max intended to pick a quarrel with Lefty.
See also: fight, pick

pick a quarrel

(with someone) Go to pick a fight (with someone).
See also: pick, quarrel

quarrel (with someone) (over someone or something)

to have an argument with someone about someone or something. Todd quarreled with Carl over who was going to get the new secretary. They are quarreling over Sally.

quarrel (with someone) (over someone or something)

to have an argument with someone about someone or something. Todd quarreled with Carl over who was going to get the new secretary. They are quarreling over Sally.

quarrel with something

to argue against something; to have a complaint about something. I can't quarrel with that. Does anyone want to quarrel with that last remark?
See also: quarrel

pick a fight (with somebody)

also pick fights (with somebody)
to intentionally start a fight or argument with someone When she was first in Congress, she foolishly picked a fight with a very powerful politician.
See also: fight, pick

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

quarrel over

v.
To have an argument or dispute about something: The siblings quarreled over their inheritance.
See also: quarrel

quarrel with

v.
1. To have an argument or dispute with someone: The coach quarreled with the umpire.
2. To have a complaint about something; disagree with something: I can't quarrel with the test results.
See also: quarrel
References in classic literature ?
Two pilgrims were quarreling in hurried whispers as to which bank.
649-GB swallowed poison pills after quarreling with her in-laws.
He [Doy-an] is supposed to refute claims and accusations directed at him in the indictment instead of quarreling with a prosecutor.
We hope they will understand they are there to help the country to help them and they should stop quarreling.
As the child of an adoptive couple in Wisconsin, Dietz was unaware of his biological parents (his mother was Native American) until he heard his parents quarreling when he was 15.
The two were quarreling when the woman's brother confronted the estranged boyfriend and fired a shot from a handgun, sheriff's deputies said.
Whether the sisters are quarreling or Rachel is giving the two friends what-for when their music is too loud, or Mrs.
Finally, one of the quarreling boys appealed to his adult brother rather than his mother for sympathy.
While not the first to question whether a war was made of a skirmish, Bergeron does advance an interesting argument about the way early nineteenth-century scholars first concocted the idea, then furthered it in their own quarreling.