on the outs
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on the outs (with one)
No longer speaking or on friendly terms (with one); having a dispute or angry (with one). Jen and I have been on the outs ever since she accused me of stealing her bike. Can I come crash at your place? I'm on the outs with my girlfriend at the moment.
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on the outs (with someone)
Inf. in a mild dispute with someone; sharing ill will with someone. Tom and Bill are on the outs again. Tom has been on the outs with Bill before. They'll work it out.
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on the outs
No longer on friendly terms, as in They've been on the outs with their in-laws for years. This idiom appeared in the early 1900s and derives from the synonymous at outs, first recorded in 1824.
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on the outsverb
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on the outsInformal
Not on friendly terms; disagreeing.
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