come to blows

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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!
See also: blow, come

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]
See also: blow, come

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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References in classic literature ?
It was sufficiently evident, both to Emma and to the locksmith's poor little daughter herself, that she, Dolly, was the great object of attraction; and that so soon as they should have leisure to indulge in the softer passion, Hugh and Mr Tappertit would certainly fall to blows for her sake; in which latter case, it was not very difficult to see whose prize she would become.