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pick a fight (or quarrel)

Definition of pick a fight or quarrel in English:

Talk or behave in such a way as to provoke a fight or argument: it wasn’t in his nature to pick a fight with anyone
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  • ‘If they want to pick a fight, they've picked a fight with the wrong guy,’ he said in a telephone interview.
  • I think one of the reasons why I rarely, if ever, actually pick a fight or argument is because I play the scene out inside my head before I do anything.
  • ‘Sometimes he just almost seems to pick a fight with people for the sake of picking a fight, and I don't think that can be very helpful,’ he says.
provoke, start, cause, incite, invite, foment, stir up, whip up, encourage, kindle, instigate, excite, prompt, bring about
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