Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

at loggerheads

at loggerheads
Meaning(s)
1) to be in an aggressive dispute or in disagreement with no end in sight
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    • at loggerheads with authorities
  • Analysis
    If you are 'at loggerheads' with somebody it means you are in a debate, dispute or disagreement where no compromise can be reached. It is an expression often used to describe a quarrel between two groups or organisations. This is a formal phrase that you will often see in the newspaper or used to formally or politely describe a difference of opinion.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The Public and Local Council are at loggerheads with each other over refuse charges.
    2. You two are always at loggerheads with each other. It's such a shame you can't see how similar you really are.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We can't have the Creative team and Processing at loggerheads with one another. We must resolve this dispute immediately.
    2. While we anticipated both parties to be at loggerheads with another, they, in fact, managed to reach an agreement.
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