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pick a fight

To act aggressively toward someone in order to provoke them. I don't know why she was so critical of me tonight—it's like she was trying to pick a fight or something.
See also: fight, pick

It takes two to make a quarrel.

Prov. An argument is never only one person's fault.; If the other person refuses to participate, there cannot be an argument. Sue: I think Mimi ought to apologize for arguing with me. Mother: It takes two to make a quarrel, dear. Maybe you ought to apologize to her. Jill: Why are you always so quarrelsome? Jane: Hey, it's not just my fault. It takes two to make a quarrel.
See also: make, quarrel, take, two

patch a quarrel up

Fig. to put an end to a quarrel; to reconcile quarreling parties. Tom and Fred were able to patch their quarrel up. I hope we can patch up this quarrel.
See also: patch, quarrel, up

pick a fight (with someone)

 and pick a quarrel (with someone)
to start a fight or argument with someone on purpose. Are you trying to pick a fight with me? Max intended to pick a quarrel with Lefty.
See also: fight, pick

pick a quarrel

(with someone) Go to pick a fight (with someone).
See also: pick, quarrel

quarrel (with someone) (over someone or something)

to have an argument with someone about someone or something. Todd quarreled with Carl over who was going to get the new secretary. They are quarreling over Sally.

quarrel (with someone) (over someone or something)

to have an argument with someone about someone or something. Todd quarreled with Carl over who was going to get the new secretary. They are quarreling over Sally.

quarrel with something

to argue against something; to have a complaint about something. I can't quarrel with that. Does anyone want to quarrel with that last remark?
See also: quarrel

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

quarrel over

To have an argument or dispute about something: The siblings quarreled over their inheritance.
See also: over, quarrel

quarrel with

1. To have an argument or dispute with someone: The coach quarreled with the umpire.
2. To have a complaint about something; disagree with something: I can't quarrel with the test results.
See also: quarrel
References in classic literature ?
But this day they appeared satisfied with, their present abode, and what is more wonderful still, seemed disposed to play together without depending on me for amusement, and without quarrelling with each other.
He had selected this day at the one time to administer punishment to two quarrelling women, to give a lesson to all other women, and to make all his subjects glad once again that they had him for ruler.
I have been credibly informed, and am inclined to believe, that the various boards of directors of railway companies, those gigantic jobbers and bribers, while quarrelling about everything else, agreed together some ten years back to buy up the learned profession of medicine, body and soul.
It was a hard case that a vigorous mood for quarrelling, so highly capable of using an opportunity, should not meet with a single remark from Mr.
You'd better leave finding fault wi' my kin till you've left off quarrelling with you own, Mrs.
FAISALABAD -- A young woman committed suicide after quarrelling with her spouse in the area of Jaranwala police station.
2 ( ANI ): Taking potshots at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Giriraj Singh on Saturday said the former was jealous of his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and was quarrelling like a like a 'dehati aurat' (rural woman) with him.
He is behaving like a 'dehati aurat' and quarrelling with Narendra Modi out of jealousy.
MARDAN -- A PESCO employee allegedly died due to heart attack during quarrelling with other employee in the office here on Monday during duty hours, sources said.
quarrelling with a girl behind one of the curtainsEoACA* two of the defendants [who were in the flat then] pulled him out and asked him to leave.
The "European Union" is a monstrosity that will never work completely; already the 25 countries keep quarrelling, and people are finally starting to realize what a socialistic trap it is.
There is therefore no room for such quarrelling, rivalry, or jealousy; instead let us celebrate each other's efforts and recognize our shared Christian mission.
quarrelling with the prostitute behind one of the partitions .
However, only a few months into the marriage the two started quarrelling over trivial issues.
They started quarrelling with the LHC registrar and threw ink on his face.