a battle of wills

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a battle of wills

A competition in which opposing sides are unrelenting in their attempts to achieve a particular outcome. Each refusing to compromise, the husband and wife entered into a battle of wills as they attempted to negotiate their divorce settlement.
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a battle of wills

If an argument or conflict is a battle of wills, the person with the strongest beliefs or personality will win. It was a battle of wills, and Grace's was the stronger. All that was left was a mutual struggle, a battle of wills, which became totally exhausting.
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a battle of ˈwills

a competition, an argument or a struggle where each side is very determined to win: Annie and Phil were engaged in a silent battle of wills, each refusing to leave.
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He called at the farm and heard from Mimi of the last battle of wills, but it had only one consequence.
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"He should be permanently locked away!" Annie Fordlass TOP TREND: An angry pensioner is locked in a battle of wills with a construction firm over repointing work that left her home in a state.
How many people watched it and remember the battle of wills which laid a back cloth which this sad event did not deserve.
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Team Sky's management group are understood to have reservations about competing in the British Championships so close to the Tour, as the race is a battle of wills among friends and rivals.
"It's going to be important and it's going to be a battle of wills, we haven't played each other so we don't know what kind of game it's going to be."
But she can do what she wants, because we're on her side in this battle of wills. Aren't we?
A tense battle of wills ensues, and everyone is caught in the crossfire.
A slick and enthralling blend of sci-fi fantasy and psychological thriller, Ex_Machina is an absorbing and clever battle of wills between a beautiful robot and the two men in her computerised life.
At heart this is a finely-judged three-hander about the battle of wills that develops between the threesome.
It now remains to be seen who will win this battle of wills between two giants of the European football scene.
But Raymond is locked in a battle of wills with his editor Douglas; Raymond wants to see his stories published as written, while Douglas demands that they be released only in heavily edited form.
As a colossal battle of wills unfolds at the high school, debuting Slovenian helmer Rok Bicek demonstrates an impressive control of tension and suspense, making each encounter between class and instructor crackle with the possibility of violence.
Australia coach Robbie Deans said today's first Test encounter would be a battle of wills, but O'Driscoll had a different take.