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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

get into an argument

To begin to argue with someone about something. So I heard that you two got into an argument last night—what was it about?
See also: argument, get

get into an argument with (someone)

To begin to argue with someone about something. So I heard that you got into an argument with Dan last night—what was it about? Please don't get into an argument with your sister at the dinner table.
See also: argument, get

get into an argument about (someone or something)

To begin to arguel with someone about something. So I heard that you and Dan got into an argument about money last night. Please don't get into an argument about politics at the dinner table.
See also: argument, get

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

To begin to argue with someone about something. So I heard that you got into an argument with Dan about money last night. Please don't get into an argument with anyone about politics at the dinner table.
See also: argument, get

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

To begin to argue with someone about something. So I heard that you got into an argument about money with Dan last night. Please don't get into an argument about politics with anyone at the dinner table.
See also: argument, get

get into an argument over (someone or something)

To begin to argue with someone about something. So I heard that you and Dan got into an argument over money last night. Please don't get into an argument over politics at the dinner table.
See also: argument, get, over

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

To begin to argue with someone about something. So I heard that you got into an argument with Dan over money last night. Please don't get into an argument with anyone over politics at the dinner table.
See also: argument, get, over

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

To begin to argue with someone about something. So I heard that you got into an argument over money with Dan last night. Please don't get into an argument over politics with anyone at the dinner table.
See also: argument, get, over

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

argument

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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With that presupposition (4) would be a valid argument, but not in virtue of being of the form (p [reune a] q; q / [por lo tanto] p); but of the form (p -superfluous premise-; ([for all]x)Fx / [por lo tanto] ([existente en]x)Fx).
In his first chapter, which constitutes Part 1, Nagasawa introduces the arguments he will examine, making a case for regarding them as knowledge arguments.
As noted, these discussions were intended to start a dialogue between the courts and advocates on the benefits of oral argument and ways to preserve and enhance its role in our system of appellate justice.
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Don't even think about reading or memorizing your argument. You're not likely to get very far before the questions begin, you will probably lose your place after answering a question, and you will surely lose the court's interest as soon as you start.
The essence of Kamen's argument is this: the relation between the car and the horse and buggy is analogous to the relation between the Segway and the car.
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Considering that at least six representatives from among the public and private respondents are slated to do their presentations, it is anticipated that it will take more than one hearing day to complete the oral arguments, Elamparo said.
Simple changes in court operations can make the oral argument process more effective in achieving the goals of correctness and justice.
I'm sure you've had an argument before and later felt that it was the wrong time and place.
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