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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!
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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.
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come to blows

To begin a physical fight.
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When I saw the Howard Stern movie, `Private Parts,' his dealings with management of radio stations is true for all disc jockeys - the almost coming to blows with people, and the screaming, yelling and fights.
Having had a bad day in the factory and coming to blows with Toxic Tracy, Eva is tempted by his invitation to go on a world cruise.
There had been reports the two had been involved in a heated argument during training, even coming to blows in the process.
Media on the subcontinent reported the pair coming to blows at the Basin Reserve, soon after Pakistan levelled the three-match series on Sunday with a 141-run victory.
Keane was reportedly walking his dog when he got into a row with the youngster before coming to blows near Hale golf course.
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The glee with which politicians throw great dollops of mud at each other without actually coming to blows shows no signs of abating.
I had no doubt that people all over America were shouting bad words and coming to blows with each other's cars.
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Cafedirect chief executive Anne MacCaig said: "As office politics goes, the humble tea round would seem an unlikely cause of controversy but, with some making markedly more tea than others, workers are coming to blows over brews.