handbags at dawn

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handbags at dawn

A confrontation or disagreement that is highly aggressive, emotionally expressive, and/or highly dramatic, but which does not end or result in violence. Used originally and primarily in reference to football (soccer) players, who would be sent off if they engaged in violent actions, the phrase is a play on the clichéd "pistols at dawn," indicating a forthcoming pistol duel. Primarily heard in UK. It was handbags at dawn between the two players, who had been verbally taunting one another throughout the match.
See also: dawn, handbag
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IT was handbags at dawn as hordes of shoppers queued from the early hours to snap up bargains in Manchester's Boxing Day sales.
THE APPRENTICE BBC1, 9PM HANDBAGS at dawn, it's a fashion task, which means the bad business decisions are made over some ridiculous outfits.
BEST OF THE REST Karren and Claude look on during Team Vitality's pitch THE APPRENTICE BBC1, 9pm HANDBAGS at dawn, it's a fashion task, which means the bad business decisions are made over some ridiculous outfits.
It's handbags at dawn this week as high-street textile tycoon Suleyman clashes with the fiery entrepreneurs behind a fledgling fashion business.
It may only be three weeks since Britain declared war on Germany, but there's a battle going on right here in the village, where it's handbags at dawn between Frances (Samantha Bond) and Joyce (Francesca Annis) over the leadership of the new WI.
THE APPRENTICE BBC1, 9pm It's certainly been a dramatic series - from the triple firing that followed the YouTube channel task, to the flat-cap handbags at dawn between Daniel, Mark and Felipe over who should get to sell hot tubs at a country show, there's been no shortage of tension.
The Apprentice BBC One, 9pm It's certainly been a dramatic series - from the triple firing that followed the YouTube channel task, to the flat-cap handbags at dawn between Daniel, Mark and Felipe over who should get to sell hot tubs at a country show, there's been no shortage of tension.
Over on the other team, it's flat-cap handbags at dawn, as Daniel and Felipe spend their whole day at the show arguing instead of selling.
We have heard of handbags at dawn but microphones at teatime is a new one on all of us.
Lets just hope that there won't be handbags at dawn over this
He's been on telly now for six years, plenty of time for his head to have disappeared, but thankfully it's still firmly on his shoulders, and if anyone ever says otherwise in my presence, well, it'll be Chanel handbags at dawn.
Handbags at dawn would be an apt description of the behaviour by two senior politicians who ought to know better.
The phrase handbags at dawn could have been invented for the soap-opera style boardroom takeover shenanigans that resulted from the worldwide success of his handbag and suitcase empire during the affluent 1980s.
IT'LL be handbags at dawn when a Batley salon goes toe-to-toe with rivals as part of TV show Spa Wars.
There's handbags at dawn, as feuding sisters Chrissie and Rebecca White come to blows in The Woolpack.