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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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The loggerhead sea turtle is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to shore development, encroachment, and fishing nets.
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Rich in biodiversity, Masirah Island is the site of one of the two largest loggerhead nesting populations in the world.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina studied 19 years of data on the nests of loggerhead turtles in Florida, the largest population in North America.
Loggerhead sea turtles, which grow to weigh up to 135 kilograms, dig their nests on beaches from the Carolinas to Florida.
Happily, there are many conservation groups working to save the loggerhead. They care for nesting areas and teach people about loggerheads.
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Among the world's seven marine turtle species, three species are regularly observed in the Mediterranean: the loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, the green turtle, Chelonia mydas, and the leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea.
Additionally, laparoscopic examination of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) revealed the presence of vitellogenic follicles half the size of ovulatory follicles four months prior to the nesting season, indicating that vitellogenesis begins several months before the reproductive season [23].
The three-and-a-half-mile refuge nesting area on Jupiter Island holds about 2,500 turtle nests, including several hundred nests of the larger and equally endangered loggerhead and leatherback turtles.
Although some species, such as the loggerhead, Caretta caretta, and green, Chelonia mydas, turtles may vary among populations and individuals in the details of their life history patterns (Hatase et al., 2006; McClellan and Read, 2007; Mansfield et al., 2009), all sea turtles begin life as terrestrial hatchlings.
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.