lock horns


lock horns
Lock horns
When people lock horns, they argue or fight about something.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • lock horns — (with sb) ► to become involved in a disagreement or argument with someone: »My first test as a manager early in my career was locking horns with a union representative at a print factory. lock horns (with sb) over sth »The White House and… …   Financial and business terms

  • lock horns — (with (someone)) to argue with someone in a very determined way. In her new movie she plays a middle aged college student who locks horns with her professor. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of two fighting animals such as deer whose horns …   New idioms dictionary

  • lock horns — ► lock horns engage in conflict. Main Entry: ↑lock …   English terms dictionary

  • lock horns — phrasal 1. of cattle : to engage or interlock the horns in fighting 2. of persons : to come into conflict will probably lock horns over the appointment of a new supervisor * * * lock horns To engage in combat, physical or otherwise • • • Main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lock horns —    When people lock horns, they argue or fight about something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you lock horns with somebody, you argue or fight with them about something.     If there is another incident like that in the building, the …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • lock horns — if two people lock horns, they argue about something. The mayor and her deputy locked horns over the plans for the new road. (often + over) …   New idioms dictionary

  • lock horns — he s locked horns with every boss he s ever had Syn: argue, quarrel, fight, disagree, squabble, bicker …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • lock horns (to) —  Disagree.  ► “The Detroit Department of Transportation and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation have locked horns over a merger debate that has polarized the population and the politicians.” (ENR, Sept. 25, 1995, p. 12) …   American business jargon

  • lock horns — engage in conflict. → lock …   English new terms dictionary

  • lock horns — phrasal to come into conflict …   New Collegiate Dictionary