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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.
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.
arguing for the sake of arguingand 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.
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.
have an argument (with someone)
to argue with someone. Let's not have an argument with the boss. Tom and John had an argument.
pick a quarrel
(with someone) Go to pick a fight (with someone).
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]
for the sake of ˈargumentas 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.
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