head-to-head

head-to-head

/hˈɛdtəhˈɛd/
adjective
involving direct confrontation between two sides

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heretical

heretical

/hɝˈɛtɪkəɫ/
adjective
opposite to what is widely accepted

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heterodox

heterodox

/ˈhɛtɝəˌdɑks/
adjective
not in agreement with generally approved principles, opinions, or beliefs

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heterodoxy

heterodoxy

/ˈhɛtɝəˌdɑksi/
noun
the state of acting contrary to generally accepted standards or beliefs

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to [stand|hold] {one's} ground

to [stand|hold] {one's} ground

/stˈænd hˈoʊld wˈʌnz ɡɹˈaʊnd/
phrase
to keep defending one's plans or opinions despite facing opposition

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hostile

hostile

/ˈhɑstəɫ/, /hɑˈstaɪɫ/
adjective
unfriendly or aggressive toward others

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hostility

hostility

/hɑˈstɪɫəti/
noun
behavior or feelings that are aggressive or unfriendly

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hot button

hot button

/hˈɑːt bˈʌʔn̩/
noun
a matter or problem about which people argue a lot and have strong feelings

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[beg] to (differ|disagree)

[beg] to (differ|disagree)

/bˈɛɡ tʊ dˈɪfɚ dˌɪsɐɡɹˈiː/
sentence
to politely express disagreement with what has just been stated

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ill feelings

ill feelings

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

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impasse

impasse

/ˈɪmˌpæs/, /ˌɪmˈpæs/
noun
a difficult situation where progress is not possible because the people involved are unable to come to an agreement

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incident

incident

/ˈɪnsədənt/
noun
a strong disagreement between two countries that often involves military action

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infighting

infighting

/ˈɪnˌfaɪtɪŋ/
noun
arguments or unfriendly competition between members of a group

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in opposition to {sb/sth}

in opposition to {sb/sth}

/ɪn ˌɑːpəzˈɪʃən tʊ ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
phrase
strongly against someone or something

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in the wrong

in the wrong

/ɪnðə ɹˈɔŋ/
phrase
at fault; deserving blame for a mistake, argument, accident, etc.

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irreconcilable

irreconcilable

/ˌɪˈɹɛkənˌsaɪɫəbəɫ/
adjective
(of ideas, positions, etc.) extremely different in a way that reaching an agreement is impossible

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issue

issue

/ˈɪʃu/
noun
an important matter about which people argue or talk

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to joust

to joust

/ˈdʒaʊst/
verb
to argue with another person, particularly in a formal occasion such as a debate

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to lock

to lock

/ˈɫɑk/
verb
to get stuck in an argument or difficult situation

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to lock horns

to lock horns

/lˈɑːk hˈɔːɹnz/
phrase
to become involved in an argument or fight with someone

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to look for trouble

to look for trouble

/lˈʊk fɔːɹ tɹˈʌbəl/
phrase
to act or behave in a way that is likely to cause a problem, fight, or argument

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to [make] mincemeat of {sb}

to [make] mincemeat of {sb}

/mˌeɪk mˈɪnsɪmˌiːt ʌv ˌɛsbˈiː/
phrase
to utterly defeat someone in an argument, fight, or contest

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mano a mano

mano a mano

/mˈɑːnoʊ ɐ mˈɑːnoʊ/
adverb
‌with only two sides confronting one another

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mano-a-mano

mano-a-mano

/mˈɑːnoʊɐmˈɑːnoʊ/
noun
a contest or fight between two sides

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minority report

minority report

/maɪnˈɔːɹɪɾi ɹɪpˈoːɹt/
noun
a report presented by members of a group who do not agree with the majority

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misunderstanding

misunderstanding

/ˌmɪsəndɝˈstændɪŋ/
noun
a minor disagreement

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to mix it up

to mix it up

/mˈɪks ɪt ˈʌp/
phrase
to start a fight or argument with someone

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moot point

moot point

/mˈuːt pˈɔɪnt/
noun
a subject about which there are different opinions or disagreements

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monkey in the middle

monkey in the middle

/mˈʌnki ɪnðə mˈɪdəl/
phrase
a person who is in the middle of two fighting or arguing sides

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my way or the highway

my way or the highway

/maɪ wˈeɪ ɔːɹ ðə hˈaɪweɪ/
phrase
used to say that someone has two options, either accept what has been said or leave it be

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negation

negation

/nəˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
disagreement with someone or something; refusal to do something

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negative

negative

/ˈnɛɡətɪv/
adjective
indicating or implying refusal, denial, disagreement, or omission

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to negative

to negative

/ˈnɛɡətɪv/
verb
to refuse to accept a request or proposal

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to niggle

to niggle

/nˈɪɡəl/
verb
to argue over an unimportant thing or criticize someone for it

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no

no

/ˈnoʊ/
interjection
used to give an answer to a question showing that we do not agree or it is not true

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no hard feelings

no hard feelings

/nˈoʊ hˈɑːɹd fˈiːlɪŋz/
phrase
used to tell a person that one does not want any resentment to remain between them after arguing with them or defeating them in a contest

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to [be] {not} having any (of it|of that|)

to [be] {not} having any (of it|of that|)

/biː nˌɑːt hˈævɪŋ ˌɛni ʌv ɪt ʌv ðæt/
phrase
to be completely unwilling to do something

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not likely

not likely

/nˌɑːt lˈaɪkli/
interjection
used to express strong disagreement with a suggestion or statement

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to object

to object

/ˈɑbdʒɛkt/, /əbˈdʒɛkt/
verb
to express opposition, disagreement, or disapproval

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OK

OK

/ˈoʊˈkeɪ/
interjection
said to stop people from criticizing or arguing with one

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opponent

opponent

/əˈpoʊnənt/
noun
someone who disagrees with a system, plan, etc. and intends to put an end to it or change it

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to oppose

to oppose

/əˈpoʊz/
verb
to strongly disagree with a policy, plan, idea, etc. and try to put an end to it

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opposed

opposed

/əˈpoʊzd/
adjective
trying to stop something because one strongly disagrees with it

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opposition

opposition

/ˌɑpəˈzɪʃən/
noun
sharp disagreement with a system, law, plan, etc.

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oppositional

oppositional

/ˌɑːpəzˈɪʃənəl/
adjective
expressing strong disagreement

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out of hand

out of hand

/ˌaʊɾəv hˈænd/
phrase
without consideration and hesitation

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out of sympathy with

out of sympathy with

/ˌaʊɾəv sˈɪmpəθi wɪð/
phrase
in disagreement with

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out of sync

out of sync

/ˌaʊɾəv sˈɪŋk/
phrase
in disagreement; not working well with

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