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at loggerheads

In conflict. A "logger" is a 16th-century term for a block of wood, so a "loggerhead" is a blockhead or fool. They are at loggerheads over the best way to lead the committee.
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be at loggerheads

To be in conflict. A "logger" is a 16th-century term for a block of wood, so a "loggerhead" is a blockhead or fool. They are at loggerheads over the best way to lead the committee.
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at loggerheads (with someone)

 and at loggerheads over something
Fig. in conflict with someone; having reached an impasse (about something). Tom is at loggerheads with Bill. We are at loggerheads with each other. The twins were at loggerheads over who should take the larger room.
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at loggerheads

Engaged in a quarrel or dispute, as in The two families were always at loggerheads, making it difficult to celebrate holidays together . This term may have come from some earlier meaning of loggerhead, referring either to a blockhead or stupid person, or to a long-handled iron poker with a bulb-shaped end that was heated in the fire and used to melt pitch. If it was the latter, it may have been alluded to as a weapon. [Late 1600s] For a synonym, see at odds.
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at loggerheads

COMMON If one person or group is at loggerheads with another, they strongly disagree about something. Social workers and doctors are at loggerheads over how well the new system will work. Trevor and his ex-wife Becky ended up at loggerheads — this time having a shouting match on the doorstep. Note: In medieval times, loggerheads were implements with long handles and a round bowl on one end. In battles, the bowl was filled with hot tar, and then thrown at the enemy.
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at loggerheads

in violent dispute or disagreement.
This expression is possibly a use of loggerhead in the late 17th-century sense of ‘a long-handled iron instrument for heating liquids and tar’; the tool was perhaps also used as a weapon.
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at ˈloggerheads (with somebody) (over something)

disagreeing or arguing very strongly (with somebody): The students are at loggerheads with the college over the price of food in the cafeteria.Management and staff are at loggerheads over the plan.In the past, a loggerhead was a long iron instrument which may have been used as a weapon.
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at loggerheads

Engaged in a dispute: The question of car privileges put Sam and his parents at loggerheads.
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The nesting beaches along Florida's coast are important, because they produce the majority of the loggerhead hatchlings entering the northwestern Atlantic Ocean.
Instead of Paul (right), a loggerhead turtle called Big Head has been found and is sticking his neck out by tipping Brazil.
Some juvenile loggerheads along Florida's east coast undergo seasonal migrations northward in warmer months and migrate south when water temperatures decline in the fall (Lutcavage and Musick, 1985; Carr, 1987; Musick and Limpus, 1997; TEWG, 2009).
But now keepers at an aquarium in Japan's western city of Kobe are battling to find a high-tech solution to the 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle's devastating handicap.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries.
Female loggerheads only come out of the water to lay eggs, while male loggerheads never come back on land.
An Open Day will be held next Saturday, April 21, at Loggerheads and the Trail also has its own website www.
We knew' where the little loggerheads were, and we knew what they were eating," says Reich.
Melting tar or warming beer - pouring the civic elixir that can bind us together and cheer us, as the loggerheads that we are.
That fact casts a grim light on the emergency no-longlines measure, which was passed after the stunning revelation that 335 loggerheads drowned on Gulf grouper longlines in 2006 and 2007.
This is going to be a major benefit to sea turtles, especially the loggerheads that are threatened with extinction,"
Patients range from tiny terrapins to giant leatherbacks and loggerheads.
So far 29 turtles have been found along the coasts of Wales, southern England and Ireland and among these were several loggerheads, rare Kemp's Ridleys and leatherbacks," he said.
Loggerheads - which can live more than 50 years - spend most of their lives in the open ocean.