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a war of words

Meaning: If you're in a war of words with someone, you're having a long argument or dispute with them.

For example:

  • The leaders of the two main political parties are in a war of words over the issue of gun ownership. They debate the topic whenever they see each other.

  • The war of words between community leaders and church leaders has been dominating the newspaper headlines lately.

Quick Quiz:

During their war of words, Jenny and Ben
  1. put each other in hospital
  2. discussed the issues quietly
  3. got angry with each other

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