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cross swords

To fight or argue. Danielle and I crossed swords over our different approaches to the experiment.
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cross swords (with someone)

Fig. to become the adversary of someone. Gloria loved an argument and was looking forward to crossing swords with Sally.
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cross swords

Fight, either verbally or physically. For example, At every policy meeting the two vice-presidents crossed swords. This phrase alludes to the ancient form of combat using swords. Also see at sword's point.
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cross swords

If you cross swords with someone, you disagree and argue with them or oppose them. Note: `Ploughshares' is spelled `plowshares' in American English. He repeatedly crossed swords with Mrs Gandhi in the early 1970s. Fowler and Booth had crossed swords on many occasions in the closing months of the Callaghan Labour government.
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cross swords

have an argument or dispute.
Originally, this expression had the literal sense of ‘fight a duel’.
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cross ˈswords (with somebody)

have an argument (with somebody): At the committee meeting, I crossed swords with Professor Smith over her department’s overspending.
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cross swords

To quarrel or fight.
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