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come to blows

To get into a fight, often physically. Shopping on Black Friday can be so frenetic and crazy that many customers nearly come to blows with one another!
See also: blow, come
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come to blows (over someone or something)

 and come to blows (about someone or something)
to reach the point of fighting about someone or something. Let's not come to blows over this silly disagreement.
See also: blow, come
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come to blows

Begin to fight. For example, It hardly seems worth coming to blows over a dollar! Thomas Hobbes had it in Leviathan (1651): "Their controversie must either come to blowes, or be undecided." This term is also put as fall to blows, especially in Britain. [Late 1500s]
See also: blow, come
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.

come to blows

COMMON If two people come to blows, they disagree so much about something that they start to fight. Two smartly-dressed women came to blows on a crowded commuter train yesterday, amazing onlookers. Local residents nearly came to blows over the proposal.
See also: blow, come
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

come to ˈblows (over something)

begin to hit each other: They were shouting at each other so much that I thought they would come to blows.
See also: blow, come
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

come to blows

To begin a physical fight.
See also: blow, come
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

come to blows, to

To begin fighting, usually physically. “Their controversie must either come to blowes or be undecided,” wrote Thomas Hobbes in The Leviathan (1651). It also was sometimes put as “fall to blows,” as in Shakespeare’s HenryVI, Part 2, 2.3.
See also: come
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