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A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
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  1. A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
  2. A discussion in which there is disagreement; dispute; debate
  3. (Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
An angry dispute; an altercation.
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  1. An angry dispute; an altercation.
  2. A reason for a dispute or argument:
  3. A dispute or disagreement, esp. one marked by anger and deep resentment
Deliberation; consideration:
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  1. Deliberation; consideration:
  2. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
  3. Discussion or consideration of opposing reasons; argument about or deliberation on a question
A series of objects placed next to each other, usually in a straight line.
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  1. A series of objects placed next to each other, usually in a straight line.
  2. A street with a line of buildings on either side, specif. one with occupants or establishments of a specified kind
  3. A number of people or things arranged so as to form a line, esp. a straight line
A disagreement or quarrel.
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  1. A disagreement or quarrel.
  2. A mistake as to the meaning of something; erroneous interpretation; misconception.
  3. A failure to understand; mistake of meaning or intention
The act of disputing; debate.
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  1. The act of disputing; debate.
  2. An academic exercise consisting of a formal debate or an oral defense of a thesis.
  3. Discussion marked by formal debate, often as an exercise
A quarrel or dispute
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  1. A quarrel or dispute
  2. Refusal to agree or comply
  3. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
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  1. A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
  2. The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
  3. In constitutional law, an actual, definite, and concrete dispute over legal rights between parties with adverse interests wherein one party is seeking an adjudication of the dispute and specific relief of a conclusive nature. Also called case or controversy requirement. See also adversary proceeding.
Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
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  1. Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
  2. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
  3. A quarrel or conflict:
Sharp disagreement or opposition, as of interests or ideas; clash
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  1. Sharp disagreement or opposition, as of interests or ideas; clash
  2. A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
  3. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
Contention or competition between rivals.
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  1. Contention or competition between rivals.
  2. A conflict or quarrel:
  3. Heated, often violent conflict or disagreement.
Consideration of a subject by a group; an earnest conversation.
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  1. Consideration of a subject by a group; an earnest conversation.
  2. The act of discussing; talk or writing in which the pros and cons or various aspects of a subject are considered
  3. Conversation or debate concerning a particular topic.
A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
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  1. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
  2. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
  3. An argument or controversial discussion
Petty quarreling. Usually considered a childish behaviour, although often applied to adults.
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  1. Petty quarreling. Usually considered a childish behaviour, although often applied to adults.
A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
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  1. A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
  2. A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
The act of wrangling.
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  1. The act of wrangling.
  2. An angry, noisy argument or dispute.
Something that disturbs, as a commotion, scuffle, or public tumult.
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  1. Something that disturbs, as a commotion, scuffle, or public tumult.
  2. A disturbing or being disturbed
  3. A variation in normal wind conditions.
Land held from a feudal lord in return for service; fief
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  1. Land held from a feudal lord in return for service; fief
  2. A bitter, often prolonged quarrel or state of enmity, especially such a state of hostilities between two families or clans.
  3. A bitter, protracted, and violent quarrel, esp. between clans or families, often characterized by killings and counterkillings
A condition of noisy excitement and confusion; a tumult:
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  1. A condition of noisy excitement and confusion; a tumult:
  2. Violent disturbance or commotion, esp. one accompanied by loud, confused noise, as of shouting; tumult
  3. An impassioned protest or heated controversy:
Violent motion; turbulence
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  1. Violent motion; turbulence
  2. A condition of turbulent motion.
  3. A noisy rushing about; confusion; bustle
A petty quarrel.
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  1. A petty quarrel.
  2. A slight quarrel; spat
  3. A little drink of weak liquor or punch
A noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel.
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  1. A noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel.
An uproar; a hubbub.
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  1. An uproar; a hubbub.
  2. A noisy stir or wrangle; hubbub; uproar; commotion
  3. A stir; a fuss or uproar.
A vehement quarrel.
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  1. A vehement quarrel.
  2. An angry or heated argument
Difference of opinion; disagreement.
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  1. Difference of opinion; disagreement.
  2. A difference of opinion; disagreement or, esp., discord as expressed in intense quarreling or wrangling, as within a group [dissension among party members]: often in dissension in the ranks, dissatisfaction with those in authority
The quality, state, or fact of varying or being variant; a changing or tendency to change
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  1. The quality, state, or fact of varying or being variant; a changing or tendency to change
  2. An exception to the application of a usual rule, granted by an authority on the basis of hardship or practicality:
  3. In zoning law, an exception to a specified zoning regulation that may be granted by a zoning board or authority; for example, reducing the number of required parking spaces for a business below the number set forth in zoning regulations as being required for a business of that size or type.
A brief, violent windstorm, usually with rain or snow
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  1. A brief, violent windstorm, usually with rain or snow
  2. A brief, sudden, violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow. A squall is said to occur if a wind having a sustained speed of 40 km (25 mi) per hour lasts at least 1 minute and then decreases rapidly.
  3. A sudden storm, as found in a squall line. Often a nautical usage.
A disagreement or quarrel that causes a breach between persons formerly close
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  1. A disagreement or quarrel that causes a breach between persons formerly close
  2. Alternative form of falling out.
  3. (Idiomatic) A rift between people or groups, often following a disagreement or quarrel
The act of broiling or the condition of being broiled.
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  1. The act of broiling or the condition of being broiled.
  2. Food, especially meat, that is broiled.
  3. A rowdy argument.
A heated and bad-tempered exchange of inflammatory statements.
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  1. A heated and bad-tempered exchange of inflammatory statements.
Any brisk or vigorous contest or argument; bout
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  1. Any brisk or vigorous contest or argument; bout
  2. A brief, usually heated conflict or argument.
  3. A fight or struggle; esp., a fist fight
(Informal) A brief, petty quarrel or dispute
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  1. (Informal) A brief, petty quarrel or dispute
  2. A larva of an oyster or similar bivalve that has settled by attaching to a surface.
  3. A gaiterlike covering for the instep and ankle, usually of heavy cloth
A noisy clamor.
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  1. A noisy clamor.
  2. (Informal) An uproar or commotion
  3. A noisy, sometimes violent disturbance; noise and confusion; a quarrel.
A recurrence, especially of a disease or condition:
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  1. A recurrence, especially of a disease or condition:
  2. A sudden, brief outburst of anger, trouble, etc.
  3. A sudden outbreak, outburst or eruption (originally of flame, but now used more generally of any violent activity)
A quarrel or argument
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  1. A quarrel or argument
  2. An objection; a protest:
  3. A state of excessive and unwarranted concern over an unimportant matter:
A display of fireworks
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  1. A display of fireworks
  2. Firecrackers, rockets, etc., exploded or burned, as in celebrations, to produce noises or brilliant lighting effects
  3. A noisy quarrel or display of anger
(Idiomatic) A row; an argument in which names are called.
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  1. (Idiomatic) A row; an argument in which names are called.
A troublesome situation
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  1. A troublesome situation
  2. Trouble; bother.
  3. An argument or a fight.
To give reasons for and against; discuss; debate
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  1. To give reasons for and against; discuss; debate
  2. To put forth reasons for or against something:
  3. To engage in a quarrel; dispute.
To discuss or argue (a question, for example) formally.
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  1. To discuss or argue (a question, for example) formally.
  2. (Obs.) To fight or quarrel
  3. To dispute or argue about.
To deny the statement of (a person)
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  1. To deny the statement of (a person)
  2. To speak in denial; oppose verbally
  3. To be contrary or opposed to; go against
To find fault or disagree:
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  1. To find fault or disagree:
  2. To have a heated dispute or disagreement, often, specif., with a resultant breach in friendship
  3. To engage in a quarrel; dispute angrily.
To persuade (into or out of an opinion, etc.) by giving reasons
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  1. To persuade (into or out of an opinion, etc.) by giving reasons
  2. To put forth reasons for or against something:
  3. To give reasons for and against; discuss; debate
To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
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  1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
  2. To hold to be a fact; assert
  3. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
To discuss opposing reasons; argue
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  1. To discuss opposing reasons; argue
  2. To dispute or argue about.
  3. To discuss or argue (a question, for example) formally.
To render (a legal issue or question) irrelevant.
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  1. To render (a legal issue or question) irrelevant.
  2. To bring up (a subject) for discussion or debate.
  3. To debate or discuss
To give evidence of; indicate:
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  1. To give evidence of; indicate:
  2. To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
  3. To put forth reasons for or against something:
To have a petty quarrel; squabble
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  1. To have a petty quarrel; squabble
  2. To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
  3. To engage in a bad-tempered quarrel, often in a petty manner over something trivial; squabble.
To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
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  1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
  2. To hold to be a fact; assert
  3. To strive in combat; fight
To try to extinguish (an uncontrolled fire).
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  1. To try to extinguish (an uncontrolled fire).
  2. To argue or quarrel; dispute
  3. To struggle or work hard in trying to beat or overcome someone or something; contend
To find fault or disagree:
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  1. To find fault or disagree:
  2. To have a heated dispute or disagreement, often, specif., with a resultant breach in friendship
  3. To engage in a quarrel; dispute angrily.
To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
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  1. To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
  2. To evade the truth of a point under discussion by caviling; resort to a quibble
To strike with a light spattering sound; slap.
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  1. To strike with a light spattering sound; slap.
  2. To strike with a quick, slapping sound
  3. (Informal) To engage in a spat, or quarrel
To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle
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  1. To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle
  2. To engage in a bad-tempered argument, often over a trivial matter; bicker.
(Obsolete) To deck out; to dress.
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  1. (Obsolete) To deck out; to dress.
  2. To quarrel.
  3. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
To argue; dispute
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  1. To argue; dispute
  2. To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set:
  3. To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
To argue or fight:
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  1. To argue or fight:
  2. To annoy, harass, etc.
  3. To have a hassle
To be or become entangled.
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  1. To be or become entangled.
  2. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage:
  3. (Informal) To fight, quarrel, or argue
To oppose directly and stubbornly; go against:
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  1. To oppose directly and stubbornly; go against:
  2. To pass (a task or duty) to another, especially so as to avoid responsibility:
  3. To resist stubbornly and obstinately; balk.
To take exception to; call into question; dispute:
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  1. To take exception to; call into question; dispute:
  2. To summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate:
  3. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection by a party or a lawyer to a potential juror or jury panel and his or her request that a judge disqualify the individual or the panel from hearing that party’s cause or trial. To call into question.
To fight for (ground, a military position, etc.); struggle to win or keep
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  1. To fight for (ground, a military position, etc.); struggle to win or keep
  2. To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge:
  3. To try to disprove or invalidate (something) as by argument or legal action; dispute
To present in counterbalance or contrast:
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  1. To present in counterbalance or contrast:
  2. To set as an opposite in position:
  3. To contend with in speech or action; resist; withstand
To take action to defeat or thwart (an invading or occupying military force).
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  1. To take action to defeat or thwart (an invading or occupying military force).
  2. To oppose actively; fight, argue, or work against
  3. To withstand; oppose; fend off; stand firm against; withstand the action of
To move to and fro over; cross and recross:
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  1. To move to and fro over; cross and recross:
  2. To cause to move laterally on a pivot; swivel:
  3. To turn (a gun, lathe, etc.) laterally; swivel
A vehement quarrel.
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  1. A vehement quarrel.
  2. An angry or heated argument
A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
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  1. A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
  2. (--- Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
  3. (Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
(Archaic) A skirmish or quarrel
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  1. (Archaic) A skirmish or quarrel
  2. An angry quarrel; a squabble.
  3. A small wooden vessel made of staves and hoops, like a tub.
A violent conflict or confrontation.
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  1. A violent conflict or confrontation.
  2. A sharp disagreement; conflict
  3. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
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  1. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
  2. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
  3. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
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  1. A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
  2. The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
  3. In constitutional law, an actual, definite, and concrete dispute over legal rights between parties with adverse interests wherein one party is seeking an adjudication of the dispute and specific relief of a conclusive nature. Also called case or controversy requirement. See also adversary proceeding.
A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
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  1. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
  2. Deliberation; consideration:
  3. Discussion or consideration of opposing reasons; argument about or deliberation on a question
A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
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  1. A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
  2. The condition or quality of being difficult:
  3. Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved:
A failure or refusal to agree.
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  1. A failure or refusal to agree.
  2. Refusal to agree or comply
  3. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
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  1. Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
  2. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
  3. A quarrel or conflict:
A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
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  1. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
  2. An argument or controversial discussion
  3. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
An angry dispute; an altercation.
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  1. An angry dispute; an altercation.
  2. A reason for a dispute or argument:
  3. A dispute or disagreement, esp. one marked by anger and deep resentment
(Printing) Matter that is added to a text.
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  1. (Printing) Matter that is added to a text.
  2. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, etc.
  3. An encounter; a scrape or brush; especially one involving trouble or difficulty.
A quick, slapping sound
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  1. A quick, slapping sound
  2. A gaiterlike covering for the instep and ankle, usually of heavy cloth
  3. A larva of an oyster or similar bivalve that has settled by attaching to a surface.
A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
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  1. A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
  2. A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
Liquor; esp., weak liquor
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  1. Liquor; esp., weak liquor
  2. A slight quarrel; spat
  3. A little drink of weak liquor or punch
Discourse or talk; speech:
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  1. Discourse or talk; speech:
  2. A command or direction; an order:
  3. An assurance or promise; sworn intention:
The act of wrangling.
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  1. The act of wrangling.
  2. An angry, noisy argument or dispute.
A troublesome situation
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  1. A troublesome situation
  2. Trouble; bother.
  3. An argument or a fight.
Any of a genus (Rheum) of perennial, large-leaved plants of the buckwheat family; esp., the domestic pieplant (R. rhaponticum), having large, cordate leaf blades borne on long, thick stalks: the stalks are cooked into a sauce or baked in pies, but the blades are poisonous
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  1. Any of a genus (Rheum) of perennial, large-leaved plants of the buckwheat family; esp., the domestic pieplant (R. rhaponticum), having large, cordate leaf blades borne on long, thick stalks: the stalks are cooked into a sauce or baked in pies, but the blades are poisonous
  2. A preparation made from the dried rhizomes and roots of any of several plants of the genus Rheum, especially R. palmatum or R. officinale of East Asia, used as a laxative.
  3. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, or heated discussion.
(Informal) An argument or altercation.
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  1. (Informal) An argument or altercation.
  2. An intertwisted, confused mass of things, as string, branches, etc.; snarl
  3. (Informal) A fight, quarrel, or argument

Synonym Study

  • Controversy connotes a disagreement of lengthy duration over a matter of some weight or importance
  • Argument refers to a discussion in which there is disagreement and suggests the use of logic and the bringing forth of facts to support or refute a point
  • Dispute refers to a clash of opposing opinions, often involving a matter of a legal or official nature, and implies vehemence or anger in debate a dispute over property boundaries
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