exchange words (with someone)

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exchange words (with someone)

To argue, quarrel, or speak angrily (with someone). John exchanged words with Danny over the phone bills he's been racking up. I'll have to exchange words with him if his behavior doesn't improve. It sounds like Tom and Mary are exchanging words again.
See also: exchange, word
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have/exchange ˈwords (with somebody) (about something)

(especially British English) argue or quarrel with somebody because you do not like the way they have behaved: I had to have words with him about his behaviour.They both got angry and had words.
See also: exchange, have, word
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All these seemed happy-faced, pleasant people, who nodded graciously to the strangers as they passed, and exchanged words of greeting.
On Sunday, he exchanged words with his sister over the issue following which he shot her dead with a pistol and fled away.
They exchanged words and then blows, with punches aimed at one another's face.
Yesterday they again exchanged words, following which Faisal got enraged and allegedly opened fire upon his wife Aziz Fatima.
Islamabad -- Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry and India's Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj exchanged words on Twitter on Sunday after the latter shared that she had asked the Indian high commissioner in Pakistan to give her a report on the alleged abduction and forced conversion of two teenage sisters from Ghotki.
Imam pointed him towards the dressing room and both of them exchanged words.
The two exchanged words and the offender climbed back out the window and fled in an unknown direction, according to the release.
But the Austria international exchanged words with the Hammers boss as he came off the pitch after appearing to have picked up a back injury.
After the photo was taken, Chang exchanged words with Lee, according to CNA.
Mackinnon was booked by referee Euan Anderson for a crunching first-half challenge on Killie's Alan Power and the pair are also understood to have exchanged words going up the tunnel at half-time.
As the two players exchanged words players poured out of both dugouts.
The two exchanged words and the victim walked away.
He asked the court to summon Tuju, saying the two exchanged words. Kabita said his client had been denied food, adding that police also blocked Aketch's family members from seeing him.
HM the King exchanged words of welcome with the new ambassadors and hailed strong relations binding the Kingdom of Bahrain with their countries, wishing them success in their diplomatic duties to bolster joint cooperation and friendship.
While answering to a question regarding the separate meeting with civil and military leadership, he added that there is no point in raising doubts over it as we already exchanged words on it and a single script was discussed in the meeting.