pissing match

pissing match

A useless or trivial argument, competition, or comparison. Whenever Jeff and Tim hang out, they always get into this pissing match about who's the bigger sci-fi fanatic. If you two are quite finished with your little pissing match, do you think we might get back to work now?
See also: match, piss

pissing-match

n. an argument; a pointless competition. (Usually objectionable.) Let’s call a halt to this pissing-match and get to work.
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One of the back-stories in OPEC is the three-year-long pissing match between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq over the next secretary general.
She added that it's silly, there is always the pissing match that she's taking her torch or is she the new her.
There's always this pissing match: 'She's taking her torch, is she the new her, is she going to outlast her or not?'"
I don't want to engage in a pissing match with (Aquino's lawyer) Frank Chavez," she said.
founder Brock Wagner, who helped author the bill, expressed annoyance that the bill failed because of what he called a "pissing match" between ABI and the distributors.
* As the Turkish-Israeli pissing match (and worse) continues, what is the United Stateswhich for various reasons needs both in its cornerto do?
One person can't beat the combine or as the man colorfully puts it "If you get into a pissing match with a bank you had best have a change of clothes."
But in the meantime, hundreds of words were devoted to a pissing match that a few years ago would have just inspired yawns.
"I'm not going to get in a pissing match with them."
The debate about the teaching of evolution and intelligent design shouldn't be cast, in the words of my first managing editor, as a "pissing match." Rather it's a philosophical discussion about how we know what we know.
Asked about the ETC Group's proposed moratorium, Collins says: "I don't want to get into a public pissing match, but I don't think it's a valid concern.
"I am not going to get into a pissing match with a guy who says he has been holding a grudge for 18 years," Shaw says of the criticism.
I figured I would get fired sooner or later." He said he "got into a pissing match with Dorsey" and was fired the day after Christmas 1998.
In a pissing match, the President, who has immediate and unlimited access to all the media (who happen to love him), will always win.
There's the endless territorial pissing match between the rich egomaniac leading one men's group and his snarky, unemployed nemesis in the other; the lesbian mom who seems to like neither her partner nor her kids; the devious house-guest whose presence pleases no one.