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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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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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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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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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cross swords

have an argument or dispute.
Originally, this expression had the literal sense of ‘fight a duel’.
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cross ˈswords (with somebody)

have an argument (with somebody): At the committee meeting, I crossed swords with Professor Smith over her department’s overspending.
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cross swords

To quarrel or fight.
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If you must play mind games, stick to crossing swords with mental midgets and not those who possess the ability to humiliate and topple you from your plinth faster than a Saddam statue in Paradise Square.
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Sir Alex Ferguson is looking forward to crossing swords with his former assistant Walter Smith after Manchester United were drawn in the same Champions League group as Rangers.
John McGlashan has been crossing swords with Brewster since they were schoolkids in Dundee and the Arbroath boss said: "It will be good to pit my wits against him again.
WHILE kennel star Late Late Show will be in action at Shelbourne, two of his kennel companions will be crossing swords in Cork's final of the Irpounds 5,000 Barry's Tea 700 at Cork.
Bakers in Selkirk are crossing swords in a battle of bannock buns.