at each other's throats

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at each other's throats

Said of two people who are noticeably angry with each other. Those two are at each other's throats because they can't agree on how to best lead the committee. You can hear their shouting all the way down the hall!
See also: each, throat
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

at each other's throats

Arguing or fighting. For example, It was a very dramatic trial, with the prosecutor and the defense attorney constantly at each other's throats . This idiom, with its vivid image of two persons trying to strangle each other, is often applied to less physical forms of disagreement.
See also: each, throat
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

at each other's throats


at one another's throats

COMMON If two people or groups are at each other's throats or at one another's throats, they are arguing in a very angry way. Their European partners were at each other's throats last night in some of the worst arguing since the Second World War. MPs are at one another's throats all the time, and it's not functioning as a very effective government.
See also: each, throat
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

(be) at each other’s ˈthroats


(be) at one another’s ˈthroats

(be) angrily fighting or arguing with each other: Within six months of their marriage, Sue and Rodney were at each other’s throats.
See also: each, throat
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References in classic literature ?
Two abysmal beasts sprang at each other's throats that day beneath the shadow of earth's oldest cliffs--the man of now and the man-thing of the earliest, forgotten then, imbued by the same deathless passion that has come down unchanged through all the epochs, periods and eras of time from the beginning, and which shall continue to the incalculable end--woman, the imperishable Alpha and Omega of life.
You would have thought the islanders were on the point of flying at each other's throats, whereas they were only amicably engaged in disentangling their boats.
shall two grown men carry malice for years, and fly like snarling curs at each other's throats?"
Realize that out upon the plains of Manchuria tonight two hostile armies are facing each other--that now, while we are seated here, a million human beings may be hurled at each other's throats, striving with the fury of maniacs to tear each other to pieces!
Thus Thuvia of Ptarth found a way out of a dilemma, escaping the necessity of placing her father's royal guest under forcible restraint, and at the same time separating the two princes, who otherwise would have been at each other's throat the moment she and the guard had departed.
As soon as they had greeted Kotuko, these two, who had been forced to sleep and eat and hunt together for the past few weeks, flew at each other's throat, and there was a beautiful battle in the snow-house.
Just because the diplomats are not talking to one another doesn't mean the general public of the respective countries need to be at each other's throats as well.
When we separated, we were at each other's throats, but time apart helped us to take a long, hard look at ourselves and we decided we loved each other and wanted to make it work.
EMMERDALE ITV, 7pm WITH Lawrence's daughters Chrissie and Rebecca constantly at each other's throats, there's only one thing for it - a DNA test.
Protestants and Catholics have been at each other's throats for hundreds of years. is one such thing and is guaranteed to get friends at each other's throats over Game of Thrones.
However, it's not a smooth journey, with Danny absent without leave, and Martine and Jeffries at each other's throats, Anthony and Katherine struggling to keep their relationship professional.
Elsewhere, Zeedan is seen heading for Barlow's Buys armed with a crowbar, and Sally and Anna are at each other's throats when Tim invites Anna over for dinner.
EMMERDALE 7.00pm, ITV Oh dear, it seems the Barton boys are still at each other's throats after Ross's meddling.
Cher and Katie at each other's throats, and Wagner apparently having moved out of the house completely.