A war of words - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
a war of words
war of words
A lengthy argument characterized by verbal exchanges. The union boss got into a war of words with management over the unfair treatment of the workers.
a war of words JOURNALISM
COMMON A war of words is an argument between two people or groups, in which both sides criticize each other angrily. Both players are involved in a war of words in the press, each blaming the other for the situation. A war of words has blown up over who is to blame for a confrontation between police and fans outside the venue.
a war of words a prolonged debate which is conducted by means of the spoken or printed word.
a ˌwar of ˈwords a fierce argument or disagreement over a period of time between two or more people or groups: the political war of words over tax
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Summary: Ualsan: A war of words between the coaches of Iran and South Korea has spiced ...
Ualsan: A war of words between the coaches of Iran and South Korea has spiced things up between the Group A rivals as they bid to secure automatic qualifying spots for the 2014 World Cup.