pick a quarrel

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pick a quarrel

(with someone) Go to pick a fight (with someone).
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pick a quarrel

Also, pick an argument or fight . Seek an opportunity to quarrel or argue with someone. For example, I don't want to pick a quarrel with you, or Jason was always in trouble for picking fights. These terms use pick in the sense of "select." [Mid-1400s]
See also: pick, quarrel

pick a ˈfight/ˈquarrel (with somebody)

deliberately start a fight or an argument (with somebody): Why do you always pick fights with other boys?At work he’s always picking quarrels.
See also: fight, pick, quarrel
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For the first time, I did not want to pick an argument with her.
But their day was almost spoilt when a couple of local lads tried to pick an argument with Giggs.
She added: "The union is just trying to pick an argument.
He then tried to pick an argument with West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill before he stomped down the tunnel, punching the perspex wing.
He's an evil and manipulative man - ever since we were kids he would pick an argument with me and I'd get the hiding.
THE bloke at the bar was burly and not lacking in confidence - not the sort of chap with whom I would wish to pick an argument.
One of our favourites was an activity play session with all the soft play equipment you can imagine, giant 'Connect Four' contests and such a large selection of ride-on toys that even the most cantankerous toddler would have struggled to pick an argument over one.
Rather than pick an argument with Yarm retailers, seek to convince the shops, bars and restaurants of Yarm, Norton and Teesside Park, that it's not an 'either or' situation.
McLaren eventually fired one off Devils goalie Mike McKenna, and Robitaille once again tried to pick an argument with Alex Stalock near the red line.
And in an age when all-too-many of our fellow citizens are constantly looking for excuses to pick an argument, if not a fight, why go out of your way to draw attention to yourself?
It seems impossible to pick an argument over any price that is more than a real quibble.
He will not pick an argument with an umpire just because the game is on national television.
Pick an argument you disagree with, demonstrate its unseemly pedigree, and then dismiss it on the basis of its tainted origins.
As Mark Twain said, |Never pick an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel,' said Cochran.
Then he tried to pick an argument with Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill before stomping down the tunnel, punching the perspex wing.