stalemate

stalemate

/ˈsteɪɫˌmeɪt/
noun
a situation where no argument can be settled or no one can win in a contest

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to stand firm

to stand firm

/stˈænd fˈɜːm/
verb
to stick to one's opinions; to not move back

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stand-off

stand-off

/stˈændˈɔf/
noun
a situation where reaching an agreement seems impossible

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sticking point

sticking point

/stˈɪkɪŋ pˈɔɪnt/
noun
a subject or issue over which people disagree and therefore no progress can be made

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stir

stir

/ˈstɝ/
noun
a situation where there is excitement, annoyance, or shock

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to stir up

to stir up

/stˈɜːɹ ˈʌp/
verb
to intentionally try to cause trouble or arguments

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stormy

stormy

/ˈstɔɹmi/
adjective
involving bitter arguments and angry feelings

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strife

strife

/ˈstɹaɪf/
noun
violent disagreement between people

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to struggle

to struggle

/ˈstɹəɡəɫ/
verb
to argue or compete with someone or something, particularly to get something specific

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struggle

struggle

/ˈstɹəɡəɫ/
noun
a contest or conflict in which people try to get something

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the moral high ground

the moral high ground

/ðə mˈɔːɹəl hˈaɪ ɡɹˈaʊnd/
phrase
a claim that one has moral superiority over others

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to take issue with

to take issue with

/tˈeɪk ˈɪʃuː wɪð/
phrase
to argue or disagree with someone over something

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to take someone/something to the mat

to take someone/something to the mat

/tˈeɪk sˈʌmwʌn slˈæʃ sˈʌmθɪŋ tə ðə mˈæt/
phrase
to engage in a quarrel or argument with someone or something

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tangle

tangle

/ˈtæŋɡəɫ/
noun
a disagreement, fight, or conflict

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to tangle with

to tangle with

/tˈæŋɡəl wɪð/
verb
to engage in a fight or argument with someone or something

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to tear apart

to tear apart

/tˌɛɹ ɐpˈɑːɹt/
verb
to separate or destroy by causing serious arguments in a country, organization, or group

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the gloves are off

the gloves are off

/ðə ɡlˈʌvz ɑːɹ ˈɔf/
phrase
used to express one's readiness for an argument or fight

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thorny

thorny

/ˈθɔɹni/
adjective
causing problem or difficulty

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tiff

tiff

/ˈtɪf/
noun
a small argument between two people who love each other or are close friends

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troublemaker

troublemaker

/ˈtɹəbəɫˌmeɪkɝ/
noun
someone with a tendency to cause difficulty, particularly by encouraging others to question those in authority

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turbulence

turbulence

/ˈtɝbjəɫəns/
noun
a state of instability, disorder, or conflict

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turbulent

turbulent

/ˈtɝbjəɫənt/
adjective
marked with instability, argument, disorder, or conflict

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turf war

turf war

/tˈɜːf wˈɔːɹ/
noun
a violent fight or argument between rivals over the control of a specific area or activity

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tussle

tussle

/ˈtəsəɫ/
noun
a fight, struggle, or argument, particularly to get something

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to tussle

to tussle

/ˈtəsəɫ/
verb
to struggle or fight with someone, particularly to get something

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unbridgeable

unbridgeable

/ʌnbɹˈɪdʒəbəl/
adjective
(of a difference between people or their ideas) unable to be closed or made smaller because of being major

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under protest

under protest

/ˌʌndɚ pɹˈoʊtɛst/
phrase
reluctantly

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to unlike

to unlike

/ənˈɫaɪk/
verb
to show that one no longer likes an online post or comment by clicking on a specific icon

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unpleasantness

unpleasantness

/ənˈpɫɛzəntnəs/
noun
unfriendliness or disagreements between individuals

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unsettled

unsettled

/ənˈsɛtəɫd/
adjective
(of a disagreement, question, etc.) not resolved yet

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unsympathetic

unsympathetic

/ənˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk/
adjective
unwilling to support an action, idea, etc.; disagreeing with something

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unsympathetically

unsympathetically

/ʌnsˌɪmpəθˈɛɾɪkli/
adverb
in a manner that is unkind; without compassion

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uproar

uproar

/ˈəˌpɹɔɹ/
noun
a situation where there is a lot of noise caused by upset or angry people

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vendetta

vendetta

/vɛnˈdɛtə/
noun
a prolonged and violent argument between two families or groups in which members of each side make attempts to murder the members of the opposing side in retaliation for things that occurred in the past

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to wade in

to wade in

/wˈeɪd ˈɪn/
verb
to aggressively become involved in a fight, argument, etc. without consideration

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to wade into

to wade into

/wˈeɪd ˌɪntʊ/
verb
to engage in an argument, discussion, etc. forcefully or aggressively without consideration

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war of words

war of words

/wˈɔːɹ ʌv wˈɜːdz/
phrase
a long argument between people

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who says

who says

/hˌuː sˈɛz/
phrase
used to express disagreement with an opinion or statement

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with (all due|) respect

with (all due|) respect

/wɪð ˈɔːl dˈuː ɹɪspˈɛkt/
phrase
used to politely express complete disagreement

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to worst

to worst

/ˈwɝst/
verb
to defeat someone in a contest, argument, or fight

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to wrangle

to wrangle

/ˈɹæŋɡəɫ/
verb
to have a prolonged and complicated argument

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wrangle

wrangle

/ˈɹæŋɡəɫ/
noun
a prolonged and complicated argument

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wrangling

wrangling

/ˈɹæŋɡəɫɪŋ/, /ˈɹæŋɡɫɪŋ/
noun
involvement in a prolonged and complicated argument

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yeah, right

yeah, right

/jˈɛh ɹˈaɪt/
interjection
‌used to express disagreement with or disbelief at a statement

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the battle lines [are] drawn

the battle lines [are] drawn

/ðə bˈæɾəl lˈaɪnz ɑːɹ dɹˈɔːn/
phrase
used to say that people have chosen which side they are going to support in an upcoming contest or argument

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