adversary

adversary

/ˈædvɝˌsɛɹi/
noun
a person that one is opposed to and fights or competes with

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against

against

/əˈɡeɪnst/, /əˈɡɛnst/
preposition
in opposition to someone or something

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all hell [break] (loose|out)

all hell [break] (loose|out)

/ˈɔːl hˈɛl bɹˈeɪk lˈuːs ˈaʊt/
phrase
used when a situation suddenly becomes very intense or chaotic

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altercation

altercation

/ˌɑɫtɝˈkeɪʃən/
noun
a noisy dispute

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anti

anti

/ˈænˌtaɪ/, /ˈænˌti/
preposition
against; in disagreement with

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to argue

to argue

/ˈɑɹɡju/
verb
to speak to someone often angrily because one disagrees with them

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argument

argument

/ˈɑɹɡjəmənt/
noun
a discussion, typically a serious one, between two or more people with different views

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to argue with

to argue with

/ˈɑːɹɡjuː wɪð/
verb
to deny a statement

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argumentative

argumentative

/ˌɑɹɡjəˈmɛntətɪv/
adjective
(of a person) ready to argue and often arguing

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as a matter of fact

as a matter of fact

/æz ɐ mˈæɾɚɹ ʌv fˈækt/
adverb
said to disagree with what someone just said

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athwart

athwart

/əθˈwɔɹt/
preposition
opposite to; against

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at loggerheads

at loggerheads

/æt lˈɔɡɚhˌɛdz/
phrase
in serious disagreement

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at odds with {sth}

at odds with {sth}

/æt ˈɑːdz wɪð ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
phrase
disagreeing with someone over something

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bad feelings

bad feelings

/bˈæd fˈiːlɪŋz/
noun
feeling of anger between people, particularly because of an argument

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to [bang] {one's} heads together

to [bang] {one's} heads together

/bˈæŋ wˈʌnz hˈɛdz təɡˈɛðɚ/
phrase
to forcefully make people stop arguing and start behaving appropriately

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battle

battle

/ˈbætəɫ/
noun
a situation in which opposing sides argue or compete with one another to achieve something

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battleground

battleground

/ˈbætəɫˌɡɹaʊnd/
noun
a subject of dispute; a situation in which people disagree

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to [beard] the lion in (his|her) den

to [beard] the lion in (his|her) den

/bˈɪɹd ðə lˈaɪən ɪn hɪz hɜː dˈɛn/
phrase
to visit a person of authority and demand things of them or tell them that one disagrees with them

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at each other’s throats

at each other’s throats

/æt ˈiːtʃ ˈʌðɚz θɹˈoʊts/
phrase
used when two or more people, groups, or organizations fight or disagree with one another

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bellicose

bellicose

/ˈbɛɫəˌkoʊs/
adjective
displaying a willingness to start an argument, fight, or war

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bellicosity

bellicosity

/bˌɛlɪkˈɑːsɪɾi/
noun
the desire to start an argument, fight, or war

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to bicker

to bicker

/ˈbɪkɝ/
verb
to argue over unimportant things

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bickering

bickering

/ˈbɪkɝɪŋ/
noun
argument over unimportant things

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to [bite|hold] {one's} (tongue|lip)

to [bite|hold] {one's} (tongue|lip)

/bˈaɪt hˈoʊld wˈʌnz tˈʌŋ lˈɪp/
phrase
to not say something, against one's wish, in order to avoid causing an argument or upsetting someone

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bone of contention

bone of contention

/bˈoʊn ʌv kəntˈɛnʃən/
phrase
a subject over which people disagree

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but

but

/ˈbət/
conjunction
said to introduce a statement that displays one's surprise, anger, or disagreement

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to carry on

to carry on

/kˈæɹi ˈɑːn/
verb
to keep arguing or complaining in a way that is annoying

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challenging

challenging

/ˈtʃæɫəndʒɪŋ/
adjective
causing disagreement or competition

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clash

clash

/ˈkɫæʃ/
noun
a serious argument between two sides caused by their different views and beliefs

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to clash

to clash

/ˈkɫæʃ/
verb
to strongly and publicly argue or disagree with someone

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to collide

to collide

/kəˈɫaɪd/
verb
(of people, their opinions, ideas, etc.) to seriously disagree

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collision

collision

/kəˈɫɪʒən/
noun
a serious disagreement between people, ideas, opinions, etc.

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combative

combative

/ˌkɑmˈbæˌtɪv/, /kəmˈbætɪv/
adjective
eager and ready to start an argument or fight

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come off it

come off it

/kˈʌm ˈɔf ɪt/
sentence
used to tell someone that they should stop saying or doing a particular thing

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to [come] out on top

to [come] out on top

/kˈʌm ˈaʊt ˌɑːn tˈɑːp/
phrase
to win an argument or other competitive situation

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conflict

conflict

/ˈkɑnfɫɪkt/, /kənˈfɫɪkt/
noun
a strong disagreement, usually a prolonged one

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to conflict

to conflict

/ˈkɑnfɫɪkt/, /kənˈfɫɪkt/
verb
(of two ideas, opinions, etc.) to oppose each other

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to confront

to confront

/kənˈfɹənt/
verb
to face someone, particularly in a way that is unfriendly or threatening

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confrontation

confrontation

/ˌkɑnfɹənˈteɪʃən/
noun
a situation of hostility or strong disagreement between two opposing individuals, parties, or groups

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confrontational

confrontational

/ˌkɑnfɹənˈteɪʃənəɫ/
adjective
likely to cause arguments because of being aggressive

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contention

contention

/kənˈtɛnʃən/
noun
strong disagreement

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contentious

contentious

/kənˈtɛnʃəs/
adjective
*** someone who is contentious often argues with people

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to contradict

to contradict

/ˌkɑntɹəˈdɪkt/
verb
to disagree with someone, particularly by asserting the opposite of their statement

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contrarian

contrarian

/ˌkɑnˈtɹɛɹiən/
noun
someone who acts against popular opinion, particularly in investment markets

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contretemps

contretemps

/ˈkɑntɹəˌtɛmps/
noun
a slight disagreement or an unpleasant event that causes embarrassment

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controversial

controversial

/ˌkɑntɹəˈvɝʃəɫ/
adjective
causing a lot of strong public disagreement or discussion

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controversially

controversially

/kˌɑːntɹəvˈɜːʃəli/
adverb
in a way that causes strong public disagreement

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controversy

controversy

/ˈkɑntɹəˌvɝsi/
noun
a strong disagreement or argument over something that involves many people

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to [ask] for trouble

to [ask] for trouble

/ˈæsk fɔːɹ tɹˈʌbəl/
phrase
to do something that is very likely to result in trouble or difficulty

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on a collision course

on a collision course

/ˌɑːn ɐ kəlˈɪʒən kˈoːɹs/
phrase
in a situation that is likely to cause a disagreement or fight

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