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To argue or quarrel; dispute
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  1. To argue or quarrel; dispute
  2. To take part in a physical struggle or battle; struggle
  3. To oppose physically or in battle, as with fists, weapons, etc.
(--- Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
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  1. (--- Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
  2. A discussion in which there is disagreement; dispute; debate
  3. A quarrel; a dispute.
The act of wrangling.
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  1. The act of wrangling.
  2. An angry, noisy argument or dispute.
A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
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  1. A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
  2. A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
A vehement quarrel.
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  1. A vehement quarrel.
  2. An angry or heated argument
An angry altercation; a quarrel.
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  1. An angry altercation; a quarrel.
  2. A verbal controversy; a debate.
  3. A disputing; argument; debate
Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
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  1. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
  2. Refusal to agree or comply
  3. A quarrel or dispute
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
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. (Idiomatic) A rift between people or groups, often following a disagreement or quarrel
  3. Alternative form of falling out.
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. Any dispute or rivalry, esp. when bitter or protracted
A gaiterlike covering for the instep and ankle, usually of heavy cloth
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  1. A gaiterlike covering for the instep and ankle, usually of heavy cloth
  2. A larva of an oyster or similar bivalve that has settled by attaching to a surface.
  3. (Informal) A brief, petty quarrel or dispute
(Law) A pleading setting forth the plaintiff's case or cause of action; formal charge or accusation
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  1. (Law) A pleading setting forth the plaintiff's case or cause of action; formal charge or accusation
  2. A cause or reason for complaining; a grievance:
  3. (Law) A formal statement initiating a lawsuit by specifying the facts and legal grounds for the relief sought.
Unfavorable opinion; condemnation
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  1. Unfavorable opinion; condemnation
  2. The act of disapproving, an expression of condemnation.
  3. Failure or refusal to approve; rejection
Refusal to agree or comply
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  1. Refusal to agree or comply
  2. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
  3. A failure or refusal to agree.
To persuade or influence (another), as by presenting reasons:
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  1. To persuade or influence (another), as by presenting reasons:
  2. To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
  3. To put forth reasons for or against something:
To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
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  1. To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
  2. To argue; dispute
  3. To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set:
To strive to gain or win; struggle over:
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  1. To strive to gain or win; struggle over:
  2. To argue; debate
  3. To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
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  1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
  2. To strive in combat; fight
  3. To hold to be a fact; assert
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.
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 collide or strike together with a loud, harsh, metallic noise
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  1. To collide or strike together with a loud, harsh, metallic noise
  2. To come into conflict; disagree sharply
  3. To collide with a loud, harsh, usually metallic noise:
To argue, quarrel or wrangle with someone.
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  1. To argue, quarrel or wrangle with someone.
  2. To argue or dispute vehemently; wrangle.
  3. To argue angrily; quarrel
To have or express an opinion different from a prevailing or official position; disagree.
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  1. To have or express an opinion different from a prevailing or official position; disagree.
  2. To openly differ with or reject an official, esp. political, belief, procedure, etc.
  3. (Law) To reach a conclusion contrary to the majority of the judges deciding a case; render a minority opinion.
To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
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  1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
  2. To move or place (something) with an effort:
  3. To contend or fight violently with an opponent
To make great efforts; try very hard
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  1. To make great efforts; try very hard
  2. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
  3. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend:
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 contend; struggle (with or against)
To present a dissenting or opposing argument; raise an objection:
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  1. To present a dissenting or opposing argument; raise an objection:
  2. To bring forward as a reason, instance, etc.; adduce
  3. To put forward in or as a reason for opposition; offer as criticism:
To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge; file a complaint.
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  1. To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge; file a complaint.
  2. To find fault; declare annoyance
  3. To claim or express pain, displeasure, etc.
To dispute or quarrel:
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  1. To dispute or quarrel:
  2. (Intransitive) To not agree (harmonize).
  3. To differ in opinion; often, specif., to quarrel or dispute
To be of a different opinion; disagree:
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  1. To be of a different opinion; disagree:
  2. (Obsolete) To quarrel; dispute.
  3. To be dissimilar or unlike in nature, quality, amount, or form:
(Literally) To come out of something by falling.
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  1. (Literally) To come out of something by falling.
  2. (Dated) To turn out, happen.
  3. (Literally) to leave one's place in the current formation of ranks in order to take one's place in a new formation.
(Archaic) To divulge one's secrets, thoughts or intentions, to discuss something with somebody.
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  1. (Archaic) To divulge one's secrets, thoughts or intentions, to discuss something with somebody.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see break,‎ with.
  3. To cease having a positive connection with (a person, group, movement, etc).
(--- Basketball) To bump or run into (a defender) illegally while in possession of the ball or having just made a pass or shot.
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  1. (--- Basketball) To bump or run into (a defender) illegally while in possession of the ball or having just made a pass or shot.
  2. To excite; rouse:
  3. A fundamental property of the elementary particles of which matter is made that gives rise to attractive and repulsive forces. There are two kinds of charge: color charge and electric charge.
To carry on a feud; quarrel
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  1. To carry on a feud; quarrel
  2. To carry on or perpetuate a bitter quarrel or state of enmity.
To take part in a battle; fight
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  1. To take part in a battle; fight
  2. To struggle; contend
  3. To oppose as in a battle; fight
To flow noisily over rapids, falls, etc.
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  1. To flow noisily over rapids, falls, etc.
  2. To quarrel or fight noisily.
To be propelled by means of oars
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  1. To be propelled by means of oars
  2. To take part in a noisy quarrel or disturbance.
  3. To use (oarsmen, a stroke, etc. as specified) in rowing, esp. in a race
To fight by striking with the feet and spurs. Used of gamecocks.
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  1. To fight by striking with the feet and spurs. Used of gamecocks.
  2. To box with jabbing or feinting movements, landing few heavy blows, as in exhibition or practice matches
  3. To bandy words about in argument; dispute.
(Idiomatic) To come into conflict.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To come into conflict.
To get rid of or abandon as useless; discard; junk
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  1. To get rid of or abandon as useless; discard; junk
  2. To fight, usually with the fists.
  3. To fight or quarrel
To bother or harass:
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  1. To bother or harass:
  2. To have a hassle
  3. To annoy, harass, etc.
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. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
  3. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
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:
Refusal to agree or comply
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  1. Refusal to agree or comply
  2. A quarrel or dispute
  3. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
(Obs.) A fight
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  1. (Obs.) A fight
  2. A verbal controversy; a debate.
  3. A disputing; argument; debate
Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
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  1. Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
  2. A quarrel or conflict:
  3. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
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.
(Informal) A quarrel, fight, etc.
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  1. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, etc.
  2. (Printing) Matter that is added to a text.
  3. An encounter; a scrape or brush; especially one involving trouble or difficulty.
(Informal) A brief, petty quarrel or dispute
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  1. (Informal) A brief, petty quarrel or dispute
  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
A speech sound, or series of such sounds, serving to communicate meaning and consisting of at least one base morpheme with or without prefixes or suffixes; unit of language between the morpheme and the sentence
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  1. A speech sound, or series of such sounds, serving to communicate meaning and consisting of at least one base morpheme with or without prefixes or suffixes; unit of language between the morpheme and the sentence
  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
To put forth reasons for or against something:
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  1. To put forth reasons for or against something:
  2. To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
  3. To engage in a quarrel; dispute.
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 hold to be a fact; assert
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  1. To hold to be a fact; assert
  2. To strive in debate or controversy; dispute
  3. To strive in combat; fight
To question the truth of; doubt
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  1. To question the truth of; doubt
  2. To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
  3. To argue; debate
To cause to fight; manage (a boxer, gamecock, etc.)
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  1. To cause to fight; manage (a boxer, gamecock, etc.)
  2. To struggle or work hard in trying to beat or overcome someone or something; contend
  3. To argue or quarrel; dispute
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. (Informal) To engage in a spat, or quarrel
  3. To strike with a quick, slapping sound
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 attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
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  1. To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
  2. To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set:
  3. To argue; dispute
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

Synonym Study

  • Spat is a colloquial term for a petty quarrel and suggests a brief outburst that does not have a significant effect on a relationship
  • Squabble implies undignified, childish wrangling over a small matter
  • Altercation implies verbal contention that may or may not be accompanied by blows
  • Wrangle suggests a noisy dispute in which each person is vehemently insistent on his or her own views
  • Quarrel implies heated verbal strife marked by anger and resentment and often suggests continued hostility as a result
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