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feud about (someone or something)

To continuously argue or fight with someone about someone or something. You need to stop feuding about the pettiest things with your co-workers Are Mom and Aunt Judy still feuding about who gets to host the holiday dinners?
See also: feud

feud over (someone or something)

To continuously argue or fight with someone about someone or something. You need to stop feuding over the pettiest things with your co-workers. Are Mom and Aunt Judy still feuding over who gets to host the holiday dinners?
See also: feud, over

feud with (someone)

To continuously argue or fight with someone about someone or something. Tina is always feuding with at least one of her co-workers over the pettiest things. Please tell me that Mom has stopped feuding with Aunt Judy over who gets to host the holiday dinners.
See also: feud

feud with (someone) about (someone or something)

To continuously argue or fight with someone about someone or something. Tina is always feuding with at least one co-worker about the pettiest things. Please tell me that Mom has stopped feuding with Aunt Judy about who gets to host the holiday dinners.
See also: feud

feud with (someone) over (someone or something)

To continuously argue or fight with someone about someone or something. Tina is always feuding with at least one of her co-workers over the pettiest things. Please tell me that Mom has stopped feuding with Aunt Judy over who gets to host the holiday dinners.
See also: feud, over

the Hatfields and the McCoys

Any group or pair of parties engaged in bitter feuding or infighting. Alludes to an infamous feud between two rural families along the border between Kentucky and West Virginia. The country's population is becoming more and more the Hatfields and the McCoys, as we drift further and further to the extremes of the political spectrum and demonize anyone on the other side. A vocal and influential group of programmers within the company were bitterly dissatisfied with the trajectory of the business, leading it to become something of the Hatfields and the McCoys for a number of years, before the programmers left to form their own company.
See also: and, McCoy
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feud (with someone) (over someone or something)

 and feud (with someone) about (someone or something)
to fight with someone over someone or something; to have an ongoing battle with someone about someone or something. Some of the neighbors are feuding with each other over the parking places on the street. Don't feud over her with me!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the Hatfields and the McCoys

A long-lasting and bloody feud. The Hatfields and the McCoys were two warring families who lived along the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The 1865 murder of a McCoy, a returning Union soldier, allegedly by a band of Confederate sympathizers was attributed to a member of the Hatfield family. The death sparked some thirty years of hatred and much bloodshed between the two clans, a situation that was hardly improved when a McCoy woman ran off to live with a Hatfield who ultimately abandoned her. As word of the lengthy feud spread across the country and for years after it was settled, the two sides became a metaphor for neighborly bad blood. When, for example, two families stopped talking when one chopped down a tree on the property line between them, others in the neighborhood were likely to refer to the situation as “the Hatfields and the McCoys going at it."
See also: and, McCoy
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