Idiom: 'Cross swords'

What does 'Cross swords' mean?

Meaning: When people cross swords, they argue or dispute. This expression is used when some groups accuse each other for non-adherence to norms. Actually no sword is used but the tempo of the argument is high enough to cause worsening of the already bad situation. It is a tussle (vehement struggle without use of arms) between the parties to establish supremacy.

Contributor: B.goutaman

Country: International English | Subject Area: War, weapons and conflict | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used

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