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be spoiling for (something)

To be particularly eager or enthusiastic for something. Used especially in the phrase "be spoiling for a fight. Come on, don't engage with that drunken fool, he's spoiling for a fight!
See also: spoil

sledge-hammer argument

A strong argument that eliminates all opposition. I really want to win the debate next week, so I'm preparing a real sledge-hammer argument.
See also: argument

arguing for the sake of arguing

Continuing a disagreement solely out of obstinacy. We have a potential compromise, so he's just arguing for the sake of arguing now.
See also: argue, of, sake

for the sake of argument

Just to consider an alternative to something being discussed. I know you want to go to Stanford, but just for the sake of argument, let's talk about what some of the other schools you got into have to offer.
See also: argument, of, sake

pick a quarrel

To act or speak toward someone in an aggressive or antagonistic way so as to provoke them into an argument or fight. I don't know why she was so critical of me tonight—it's like she was trying to pick a quarrel or something. He's the kind of troll who just posts on the message board to pick a quarrel with other members. After ten years of working in this bar, I know how to spot a patron looking to pick a quarrel with people.
See also: pick, quarrel

arguing for the sake of arguing

 and arguing for the sake of argument
arguing simply to be difficult or contrary. You are just arguing for the sake ofarguing. You don't even know what the issue is. He is annoying, because he is always arguing for the sake of argument.
See also: argue, of, sake

get into an argument (with someone) (about someone or something)

 and get into an argument (with someone) (over someone or something)
to enter a quarrel with someone about someone or something. I don't want to get into an argument with you about Dan. Mary got into an argument about money with Fred. I really don't want to get into an argument.
See also: argument, get

have an argument (with someone)

to argue with someone. Let's not have an argument with the boss. Tom and John had an argument.
See also: argument, have

pick a quarrel

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


see under pick a quarrel.

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

for the sake of ˈargument

as a starting point for a discussion; to discuss things in theory only: For the sake of argument, let’s say that prices continue to rise by 20 per cent a year.
See also: argument, of, sake

be ˌspoiling for a ˈfight, argument, etc.

want to fight, argue, etc. with somebody very much: Are you spoiling for a fight?The teachers’ union is spoiling for a fight with the Government.
See also: spoil
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Part 3 of the book focuses on knowledge arguments in philosophy of mind.
Aristotle introduced the formal study of argument, Farrell said.
Tybor says that, while the court does not plan to put audio or video files of any arguments it's recorded prior to the January 2008 term on line, it will archive argument files going forward indefinitely.
Mary Conley, spokeswoman for Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, said despite all the high-tech methods for campaigning now available, the Voters' Pamphlet was still a popular way to get out pro and con arguments on ballot measures.
This proposal to expand the length of certain oral arguments is not an encouragement for attorneys to argue more points or to provide needless details; rather, attorneys should argue fewer points and always strive for brevity.
In my talk, I focused on this filter version of the design argument because I was scheduled to speak with Dembski, and because this version makes it easier to highlight which portions of the Intelligent Design theory are "scientific" even under narrow definitions of "science.
They Say / I Say is divided into three main sections which correspond with three main rhetorical "moves that matter" in argumentation: Part One addresses what "they say" and demonstrates how to represent others' arguments (including providing guidelines and templates for summarizing others' arguments and quoting others fairly and productively).
This argument was very publicly made to Canadians in 2001, when the Law Commission of Canada published its report, Beyond Conjugality.
It devotes only one paragraph to the extension of term limits, with most of the argument explaining that implementing ethics reform through a City Charter amendment would make it more difficult to change in the future.
The Service also issued five revenue rulings that discuss specific claims and arguments which the IRS will reject and penalize taxpayers for making:
Who knows whether he reads blogs, or if he hears such arguments from supportive visitors from Pakistan or Afghanistan or Wherever-istan?
Hence, while unusual, it was not really a surprise that the tax case merited a cover story in the Money section of USA Today's March 1 edition--the morning the Supreme Court of the United States held oral argument in the case.
Although it always keeps its central arguments in view, there is scarcely a page that doesn't have some fascinating sub-argument, illuminating comparison, provocative conjecture, or telling datum.
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