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cross swords

To fight or argue. Danielle and I crossed swords over our different approaches to the experiment.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cross swords (with someone)

Fig. to become the adversary of someone. Gloria loved an argument and was looking forward to crossing swords with Sally.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cross swords

Fight, either verbally or physically. For example, At every policy meeting the two vice-presidents crossed swords. This phrase alludes to the ancient form of combat using swords. Also see at sword's point.
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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.

cross swords

If you cross swords with someone, you disagree and argue with them or oppose them. Note: `Ploughshares' is spelled `plowshares' in American English. He repeatedly crossed swords with Mrs Gandhi in the early 1970s. Fowler and Booth had crossed swords on many occasions in the closing months of the Callaghan Labour government.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

cross swords

have an argument or dispute.
Originally, this expression had the literal sense of ‘fight a duel’.
See also: cross, sword
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cross ˈswords (with somebody)

have an argument (with somebody): At the committee meeting, I crossed swords with Professor Smith over her department’s overspending.
See also: cross, sword
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cross swords

To quarrel or fight.
See also: cross, sword
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.
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London [UK], July 9 ( ANI ): Swiss tennis star Roger Federer will look to cement his spot in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon when he crosses swords with France's Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round of the men's singles event here on Monday.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON crosses swords with Roy Keane for the first time tomorrow, claiming his former captain was the best player he ever signed.
Summary: London [UK], July 4 (ANI): Swiss tennis star Roger Federer will look to continue his winning start to the Wimbledon campaign when he crosses swords with Solvak tennis player Lukas Lacko in the second round of the men's singles event here on Wednesday.
Summary: London [UK], July 3 (ANI): Spanish tennis maestro Rafael Nadal will look to begin his campaign at Wimbledon on a winning note when he crosses swords with Israeli player Dudi Sela in their opening match of the men's singles event here on Tuesday.
Summary: Halle [Germany], June 22 (ANI): World number one Roger Federer will aim to book his place in the semi-finals of the ongoing Halle Open, when he crosses swords with Matthew Ebden of Australia in their last-eight clash of the tournament here on Friday.
Summary: Paris [France], June 7 (ANI): World number one Simona Halep will aim to book her place in the finals of the ongoing French Open when she crosses swords with Spanish-Venezuelan player Garbine Muguruza in their last-four clash here on Thursday.
Summary: Paris [France], June 6 (ANI): World number one Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for record 11th French Open title, when he crosses swords with Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event here on Wednesday.