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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The boys event proved much closer and some intense battles of wills were demonstrated.
Presenter David Reynolds begins by examining the battles of wills between Chamberlain and Hitler in September 1938, when the British prime minister tried to talk the Nazi leader out of starting a war over Czechoslovakia.
It is a fantastic and passionate epic, capturing the imagination, with cautionary tales, battles of wills and power.