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lock horns

Definition of lock horns in English:

Engage in conflict: drug companies are locking horns in a legal battle over patents
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  • Would such opposites attract, learn from each other, and astonish us, or would these two conflicting musical spirits lock horns and fight it out?
  • Fearful to confront, because of our own fears, perchance we find ourselves looking into a mirror and are terrified to lock horns with our own conflicting thoughts.
  • Across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, lawyers have already locked horns paving the way for lengthy court fights if the election is close.
quarrel, disagree, have a dispute, wrangle, bicker, be at odds, be at loggerheads, lock antlers, cross swords;
fight, do battle, engage in conflict, contend;
informal have a dust-up, have a scrap, have a barney
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