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at loggerheads

In conflict. A "logger" is a 16th-century term for a block of wood, so a "loggerhead" is a blockhead or fool. They are at loggerheads over the best way to lead the committee.
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be at loggerheads

To be in conflict. A "logger" is a 16th-century term for a block of wood, so a "loggerhead" is a blockhead or fool. They are at loggerheads over the best way to lead the committee.
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at loggerheads (with someone)

 and at loggerheads over something
Fig. in conflict with someone; having reached an impasse (about something). Tom is at loggerheads with Bill. We are at loggerheads with each other. The twins were at loggerheads over who should take the larger room.
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at loggerheads

Engaged in a quarrel or dispute, as in The two families were always at loggerheads, making it difficult to celebrate holidays together . This term may have come from some earlier meaning of loggerhead, referring either to a blockhead or stupid person, or to a long-handled iron poker with a bulb-shaped end that was heated in the fire and used to melt pitch. If it was the latter, it may have been alluded to as a weapon. [Late 1600s] For a synonym, see at odds.
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at loggerheads

COMMON If one person or group is at loggerheads with another, they strongly disagree about something. Social workers and doctors are at loggerheads over how well the new system will work. Trevor and his ex-wife Becky ended up at loggerheads — this time having a shouting match on the doorstep. Note: In medieval times, loggerheads were implements with long handles and a round bowl on one end. In battles, the bowl was filled with hot tar, and then thrown at the enemy.
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at loggerheads

in violent dispute or disagreement.
This expression is possibly a use of loggerhead in the late 17th-century sense of ‘a long-handled iron instrument for heating liquids and tar’; the tool was perhaps also used as a weapon.
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at ˈloggerheads (with somebody) (over something)

disagreeing or arguing very strongly (with somebody): The students are at loggerheads with the college over the price of food in the cafeteria.Management and staff are at loggerheads over the plan.In the past, a loggerhead was a long iron instrument which may have been used as a weapon.
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at loggerheads

Engaged in a dispute: The question of car privileges put Sam and his parents at loggerheads.
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at loggerheads, to be

To disagree, dispute, or quarrel. A logger was a heavy wooden block, and one meaning of “loggerhead” is “blockhead,” a stupid person or dolt. Possibly this meaning led to the phrase “at loggerheads,” with the idea that only dolts would engage in a quarrel. Shakespeare used the word as an adjective in The Taming of the Shrew (4.1): “You loggerheaded and unpolish’d grooms.” The full current expression appeared in the late seventeenth century.
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org/details/39378/0) at lower risk than loggerheads.
As part of the purchase, Suntex has committed to maintain a philanthropic partnership with Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
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Moreover, peninsular Florida supports one of the largest loggerhead rookeries in the world with an average of 65,460 nests from 1989 to 2006 (TEWG, 2009), constituting the majority (80%) of loggerhead nesting in the western Atlantic Ocean (Dodd, 1988; Ehrhart et al.
Masirah: The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) engaged more than 180 students from three schools from Masirah Island, 400km east of Muscat, during a week-long public awareness drive on the importance of protecting the loggerhead turtles and the biodiversity of the region.
But now keepers at an aquarium in Japan's western city of Kobe are battling to find a high-tech solution to the 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle's devastating handicap.
releasing an 80-pound juvenile loggerhead turtle back into the water.
Resort guests will be able to view and participate in the hatching of eggs for the Loggerhead sea turtles during the summer season.
Scientists found loggerhead turtles use magnetic fields to pinpoint both longitude and latitude, so they always know exactly where they are.