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have words (with someone)
To argue, quarrel, or speak angrily (with someone). John's having words with Danny over the phone bills he's been racking up. I'll have to have words with him if his behavior doesn't improve. It sounds like Tom and Mary are having words again.
Euph. to argue. From the sound of things, Bill and his father had words last night. We had words on the subject of money.
have wordstalk angrily; argue. euphemistic
2004 Fast Company Magazine They don't kick him out, lock horns, or have words—although Ron Harbour certainly gives them plenty of reasons.