be spoiling for a fight, argument, etc.

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! We've done everything we can to reach a reasonable compromise with the other party, but they have been spoiling for an argument at every turn.
See also: for, spoil
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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: for, spoil
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