the fur flies

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the fur flies

There is an argument. When the fur flies, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two. You can be sure that the fur will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
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the fur flies

If the fur flies, people argue very fiercely and angrily about something. The fur has been flying in Geneva this week, as the two contenders to be next head of the World Trade Organisation squared up to one another. If she ever finds out who did it then the fur will fly. Note: You can also say that someone or something sets the fur flying. A blazing row between Euro factions set the fur flying again on the Tory backbenches. Note: The image here is of animals tearing out each other's fur during a fight.
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the fur will fly

there will be serious, perhaps violent, trouble. informal
This phrase originated in the early 19th century, in the US. The image is of a furious fight between dogs or cats.
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THE fur flew as James Corden hopped to the defence of the new Peter Rabbit film.
But the fur flew on April 10 when Deannah prepared to take the unlucky black cat home in a new basket.
THE fur flew on The Apprentice last night as Felicity Jackson became the first girl this series to be fired by Lord Sugar.
The fur flew, the Prime Minister got involved and there was public outrage.
BRITAIN'S fastest football team mascot has appealed for calm in today's 10th anniversary John Smith's Mascot Grand National - after fur flew in a cheat storm at last year's race.
When Pamela Anderson invited openly gay animal rights activist Dan Mathews to the ritzy Vienna Opera Ball, the fur flew in gossip columns worldwide.
The fur flew, both real and faux (think leopard and zebra), seen on hats, shoes and those must-have Fendi purses.
The most combative of players revealed a side of him not previously seen when the fur flew after an altercation involving man-of-the-match Jacques Burger and Lee Dickson.
But the fur flew when she tried to slag off Barbie - real name George Lyall - who will be seen later in the new series, which starts tonight.
There was also audience interaction, making sure the frisky feline fur flew from the stalls to the gods.
At first, the 49-year-old Irish-American actor accepted the fluffy gifts and took them into the house - but fur flew when his admirer left him a 5foot pink bunny which scared the life out of his beloved pet chihuahuas.
THE fur flew when two RAF servicewomen threw drinks over each other - in The Cross Cats bar.
Fur flew when he discovered former Blue Peter presenters John Noakes and Peter Purves were to front two more `pet TV' shows.
BEST CAT FIGHT Fur flew spectacularly when Cabinet ministers Ken Clarke and Theresa May clashed over her ludicrous assertion a shoplifter escaped deportation because he had a cat.
Earlier, the fur flew when Madonna arrived for the British premiere.