the fur flies

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the fur flies

There is an argument. When the fur flies, I'm making myself scarce—there's no way I'm getting roped into a fight between those two. You can be sure that the fur will fly if the president vetoes the bill that both sides of congress worked so hard to pass.
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the fur flies

If the fur flies, people argue very fiercely and angrily about something. The fur has been flying in Geneva this week, as the two contenders to be next head of the World Trade Organisation squared up to one another. If she ever finds out who did it then the fur will fly. Note: You can also say that someone or something sets the fur flying. A blazing row between Euro factions set the fur flying again on the Tory backbenches. Note: The image here is of animals tearing out each other's fur during a fight.
See also: flies, fur

the fur will fly

there will be serious, perhaps violent, trouble. informal
This phrase originated in the early 19th century, in the US. The image is of a furious fight between dogs or cats.
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AS more celebs opt for clothes encounters of the furred kind this winter, the fur is flying in the fashion world.