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the Hatfields and the McCoys

Any group or pair of parties engaged in bitter feuding or infighting. Alludes to an infamous feud between two rural families along the border between Kentucky and West Virginia. The country's population is becoming more and more the Hatfields and the McCoys, as we drift further and further to the extremes of the political spectrum and demonize anyone on the other side. A vocal and influential group of programmers within the company were bitterly dissatisfied with the trajectory of the business, leading it to become something of the Hatfields and the McCoys for a number of years, before the programmers left to form their own company.
See also: and, McCoy
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the Hatfields and the McCoys

A long-lasting and bloody feud. The Hatfields and the McCoys were two warring families who lived along the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The 1865 murder of a McCoy, a returning Union soldier, allegedly by a band of Confederate sympathizers was attributed to a member of the Hatfield family. The death sparked some thirty years of hatred and much bloodshed between the two clans, a situation that was hardly improved when a McCoy woman ran off to live with a Hatfield who ultimately abandoned her. As word of the lengthy feud spread across the country and for years after it was settled, the two sides became a metaphor for neighborly bad blood. When, for example, two families stopped talking when one chopped down a tree on the property line between them, others in the neighborhood were likely to refer to the situation as “the Hatfields and the McCoys going at it."
See also: and, McCoy
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Wow!" Played over six hours spanning a 25-year timeline, Hatfields and McCoys chronicled America's most famous family feud, a conflict that ravaged two Appalachian clans in the decades after the Civil War.
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Hatfield And McCoy Feud: Kingdom Of The Hollow, The Story Of The Hatfields And McCoys by Phillip Hardy (Staff Writer for the "Sound of the Sirens" online magazine) is the famous story of a blood feud between two struggling families and their kinfolk and friends in the years following the economic hardships which descended upon their mountain region after the end of the debilitating American Civil War.
DiIulio, too, lavished praise on the report, calling it the most important document since the Hatfields and McCoys signed a truce.
In her remarkably detailed analysis, Waller explains what legend does not: namely, that both Hatfields and McCoys devotedly sought legal redress, ultimately through the Supreme Court of the United States.
The 57-year-old told this to Anderson Cooper in an interview airing on Anderson in May to promote Costner's History Channel mini-series 'Hatfields and McCoys'.