lock horns

Meaning(s)

1. argue or fight with someone about something

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lock horns with someone you disagree with

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To 'lock horns' means to engage in conflict with someone or to argue with someone similar to the way animals fight with each other. This is an idiom that is often used as a polite way of saying you are in a disagreement or a dispute with someone.

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  1. Daniel and Adam don't seem to like each other very much. They lock horns over everything!
  2. My sister and I are complete opposites, we lock horns all the time and argue constantly.

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  1. I locked horns with my boss over the time frame she set for the project's completion. I felt it was far too narrow and would only lead to corner-cutting.
  2. The two sides have been locking horns for a while, so they agreed to bring in a mediator to help resolve their contractual dispute.

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