- A noisy quarrel about something trivial: family squabblesMore example sentences
quarrel, row, argument, fight, contretemps, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, clash, altercation, shouting match, exchange, war of words; tussle, conflict, fracas, affray, wrangle, tangle, passage of/at arms, battle royal; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrookBritish • informal , Football aftersScottish • informal rammyNorth American • informal rhubarbScottish • archaic threap, collieshangieFrench • archaic tracasserie(s)
- We've survived distance, illness and family squabbles and with every challenge we overcome, we get a little closer.
- He doesn't have time for his family's petty squabbles, or lounging around in bars with his mates.
- During a family squabble, my parents told us exactly how ‘disappointed’ they were in us.
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- Quarrel noisily over a trivial matter: the boys were squabbling over a ballMore example sentences
quarrel, row, argue, bicker, have a row/fight, fight, fall out, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, have words, dispute, spar, wrangle, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheadsScottish • archaic threap
- We already have too many boys squabbling over too many toys.
- It's fun to watch when the candidates start arguing between themselves, squabbling like petty children.
- Our four-year-old twins (age gap: two minutes) have fought and squabbled since they grasped the concept of owning anything.
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- In return, Auckland City has been governed by petty squabblers who indulge in personal attacks on each other.
- This week it's The Taming of the Shrew, Franco Zeffirelli's 1967 adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about two squabblers (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) who fall in love.
early 17th century: probably imitative; compare with Swedish dialect skvabbel 'a dispute'.