the fur flies

the fur flies

There is an argument. When the fur flies, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two.
See also: flies, fur

the fur flies

If the fur flies, people argue very fiercely and angrily about something. The fur has been flying in Geneva this week, as the two contenders to be next head of the World Trade Organisation squared up to one another. If she ever finds out who did it then the fur will fly. Note: You can also say that someone or something sets the fur flying. A blazing row between Euro factions set the fur flying again on the Tory backbenches. Note: The image here is of animals tearing out each other's fur during a fight.
See also: flies, fur

the fur will fly

there will be serious, perhaps violent, trouble. informal
This phrase originated in the early 19th century, in the US. The image is of a furious fight between dogs or cats.
See also: fly, fur, will
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The fur flies as the feline faction, led by Mr Tinkles, squares off against wide-eyed puppy Lou and his fearsome canine cohorts 2001 ***
The fur flies as woodland creatures enter into a battle of epic proportions to defend their home.
If the fur flies today at the special meeting of the Greens, and if this Government collapses, among other things by the activities of a fifth column of animal rights activists, we will have a general election in the midst of the most serious economic meltdown since the foundation of this State.
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However, he could prove valuable in the house when the fur flies.
IT IS in the nature of the relationship between the racing press and the sport's major players that every now and again diplomatic relations break down and the fur flies.
By TOM PARRY THE fur flies as moggies Muffi and Tiger show off their "ninja" skills.
The record label is now run by media mogul Darius Mills and the fur flies when Jude doesn't play by his rules at a music showcase.
The fur flies when lawyer Ally and colleague Georgia - her ex-boyfriend Billy's wife - end up opposing each other in a date-rape case.
The fur flies as Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell and rival Pat Evans swap punches in a special episode showing Walford's blonde battleaxes at war.