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    Look for conflict

    Hello,

    How does English call an unpleasant, quarrelsome person who likes to look for conflicts (chiefly at parties, restaurants etc.)

    For example:

    "You should not have invited the guy to the party, I know him; he always gets drunk and then looks for conflicts."

    (I know the term wet blanket but I am not sure if it meets the criteria I am talking about)

    Thank you very much
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    Re: Look for conflict

    Only 'trouble-maker' springs to mind at the moment.

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    Re: Look for conflict

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post

    (I know the term wet blanket but I am not sure if it meets the criteria I am talking about)


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    I am 99.99% confident that it does not. (It's almost the opposite!)

    Mona: Here's the list of the people coming to my party.
    Raul: Why did you invite TheParser?
    Mona: I know nothing about him, but he's in our class, isn't he?
    Raul: Well, I do know him, and I would never invite him to a party.
    Mona: Why not?
    Raul: At parties, he just sits there. He doesn't dance. He doesn't make small talk. He's probably the shyest person I know. And he won't drink anything stronger than orange juice.
    Mona: Oh, now I get it. He's a wet blanket.
    Raul: That's right. He's a real party pooper.

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    Re: Look for conflict

    A more natural phrase would be "looking for a fight" or "always picking a fight".

    As for wet blanket that's the same as Parser says, in BrE too.

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