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

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
References in classic literature ?
They were examining the situation of the vessel, and exchanging words in their incomprehensible dialect.
On several occasions Tarzan saw the mysterious Arab, and once again he had been exchanging words with Lieutenant Gernois; but no amount of espionage or shadowing by Tarzan revealed the Arab's lodgings, the location of which Tarzan was anxious to ascertain.
Watson was seen exchanging words with Imam who pointed him to the dressing room on his way out.
The German was seen exchanging words with a group of ballboys as one clapped sarcastically in his face before being urged away and retreating down the tunnel.
Mr Qadir quit the PML-N after exchanging words with Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz this week over a councillor poll ticket issue in Model Town.
Exchanging Words: Language, Ritual, and Relationality in Brazil's Xingu Indigenous Park
After exchanging words with his wife, accused Kanji Kolhi stabbed her wife Shramti Pana Kolhi to death.
The footage captures Lil Mister exchanging words with Rico Recklezz which soon leads to a physical altercation
Four yobs started scrapping after exchanging words and one struck another with a baseball bat - as onlookers shouted at them to stop.
The pensioner was assaulted after exchanging words with the pair on High Mount Street, Hednesdford, near Cannock, last Monday at 9.25pm.
His England teammate Stuart Broad could be in trouble after exchanging words with Lancashire players and umpire Steve Gale after being given out caught at short-leg.
After exchanging words between the sides, former MP Kadyrzhan Batyrov left the meeting with his supporters.
''It is quite regrettable that the premier will leave Hiroshima without directly exchanging words with survivors,'' Akiba said in his statement.
The emergency deletions were necessary after waiters had to intervene to stop Levi and Bates exchanging words in an Italian restaurant in the city's Roundhay suburb on Thursday night in a clash described by onlookers as "better than Emmerdale."