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    Idiom for an inclination to fight.

    I am having a hard time finding a common idiom for an inclination to fight. Any ideas?
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    Re: Idioms

    Several words mean "inclined to fight": bellicose, belligerent, combative, confrontational, ​etc. One idiom that comes to mind is hot-headed. There must be dozens but the only other one I can think of right now is Trump.
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    Re: Idioms

    I can only think of "barroom brawler" but I'm not really sure if it's used nowadays.

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    Re: Idioms

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    Re: Idioms

    Here are some I've heard and/or use. Many of them are kind of rural or folksy.

    "itching for a fight/argument/brawl"
    "meaner than a junkyard dog" (see here for a list of similar expressions, not all of which refer to fighting)
    "spoiling for a fight"
    "set to boil"
    "he'll fight at the drop of a hat (and drop the hat himself)"
    "gunning for a fight"
    "willing to fight a circle saw (while it's running)"
    "madder than a wet hen"
    "goes around half-cocked"
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    Re: Idioms

    Don't forget:

    He has a chip on his shoulder.
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