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Another word for spat

  1. A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed

      1. A vehement quarrel.
      2. An angry or heated argument
      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.
      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.
      1. A sharp disagreement; conflict
      2. A violent conflict or confrontation.
      3. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
      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.
      1. A quarrel or dispute
      2. A dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views.
      3. The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
      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
      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:
      1. Refusal to agree or comply
      2. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
      3. A quarrel or dispute
      1. (Obs.) A fight
      2. A verbal controversy; a debate.
      3. A disputing; argument; debate
      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:
      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.
      1. A reason for a dispute or argument:
      2. An angry dispute; an altercation.
      3. A dispute or disagreement, esp. one marked by anger and deep resentment
      1. A quarrel or argument.
      2. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, etc.
      3. An encounter; a scrape or brush; especially one involving trouble or difficulty.
      1. A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
      2. A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
      1. A petty quarrel.
      2. A slight quarrel; spat
      3. A little drink of weak liquor or punch
      1. A quarrel; dispute; argument
      2. A command or direction; an order:
      3. An assurance or promise; sworn intention:
      1. The act of wrangling.
      2. An angry, noisy argument or dispute.
      1. A troublesome situation
      2. Trouble; bother.
      3. An argument or a fight.
      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.
      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
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  2. A quick, sharp blow, especially with the hand

      1. A small structure serving as a shelter:
      2. A slap or blow with the hand or fist:
      3. A box stall.
      1. A meal at which guests serve themselves from various dishes displayed on a table or sideboard.
      2. A meal at which guests serve themselves from a buffet or table
      3. A piece of furniture with drawers and cupboards for dishes, table linen, silver, etc.; sideboard
      1. (Informal) A spree:
      2. A punch
      3. A piece of sculpture representing the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a human body
      1. A piece chopped off
      2. A piece that has been chopped off, especially a cut of meat, usually taken from the rib, shoulder, or loin and containing a bone.
      3. A slice of lamb, pork, etc. cut, along with a piece of bone, from the rib, loin, or shoulder
      1. The band at the top of a sock.
      2. A bracelet consisting of a curved, open-ended band, as of metal or resin, that fits the wrist firmly without a clasp.
      3. A band, often having an opening with a button closure, at the bottom of a sleeve.
      1. A sweet drink made with fruit juices, carbonated beverages, sherbet, etc., often mixed with wine or liquor, and typically served in cups from a large bowl
      2. A device or machine for making holes, cuts, etc.
      3. A tool for forcing a pin, bolt, or rivet in or out of a hole.
      1. A sharp insult:
      2. A sharp blow made with the open hand or with a flat object; a smack.
      3. A blow or smack, esp. with something flat, specif. the palm of the hand
      1. A sharp blow with the hand or any flat object; slap
      2. A small amount; bit
      3. A fishing boat sailing under various rigs, according to size, and often having a well used to transport the catch to market.
      1. (Slang, former) A dollar
      2. A loud kiss.
      3. A person or thing that smacks
      1. A smack given in spanking
      2. A slap on the buttocks.
      1. A special unit of a law enforcement agency, trained to deal with violence, riots, terrorism, etc.
      2. A sharp blow or hit.
      3. A quick, sharp blow, as with a bat or swatter
      1. The sound of this
      2. A sharp, swift blow.
      3. The sound made by a sharp, swift blow.
      1. Any of various devices that clip or fasten things together, grip or hold something, etc.
      2. (Informal) A quick sharp blow:
      3. A piece of jewelry that fastens with a clasp or clip; a brooch.
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  1. To engage in a quarrel

      1. To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
      2. To put forth reasons for or against something:
      3. To engage in a quarrel; dispute.
      1. To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
      2. To engage in a bad-tempered quarrel, often in a petty manner over something trivial; squabble.
      3. To have a petty quarrel; squabble
      1. To hold to be a fact; assert
      2. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
      3. To strive in combat; fight
      1. To quarrel angrily.
      2. To engage in discussion or argument; debate.
      3. To argue; debate
      1. To take part in a physical struggle or battle; struggle
      2. To struggle or work hard in trying to beat or overcome someone or something; contend
      3. To argue or quarrel; dispute
      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.
      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
      1. To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle
      2. To engage in a bad-tempered argument, often over a trivial matter; bicker.
      1. (Obsolete) To deck out; to dress.
      2. 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.
      3. To quarrel.
      1. To manage or control (something, especially an animal), as on a movie set:
      2. To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
      3. To argue; dispute
      1. To argue or fight:
      2. To annoy, harass, etc.
      3. To have a hassle
      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
  2. To hit with a quick, sharp blow of the hand

      1. To provide with a box
      2. To put into a box, etc., as for storage or shipment
      3. To pack in a box.
      1. To hit with the hand or fist; punch; slap
      2. To force one's way with difficulty:
      3. To cause repeated difficulty or harm to (a person or group):
      1. (Informal) To smash or break, especially forcefully:
      2. To break or tame (a horse).
      3. (Slang) To hit; punch.
      1. To put a cuff or cuffs on
      2. To form a cuff or cuffs on.
      3. To strike, esp. with the open hand; slap
      1. To depress or push (a push button, a key on a keypad, etc.)
      2. To depress (a key or button, for example) in order to activate a device or perform an operation:
      3. To pierce, shape, stamp, cut, etc. with a punch
      1. To strike with the palm of the hand or a flat object:
      2. To strike with something flat, specif. the palm of the hand
      3. To impose (a fine, etc.) on a person, business, etc.
      1. To press (the lips) together and part them suddenly so as to make a smack
      2. To press together and open (the lips) quickly and noisily, as in eating or tasting.
      3. To give an indication; be suggestive. Often used with of:
      1. To move along swiftly or smartly
      2. To move briskly or spiritedly.
      3. To strike with something flat, as the open hand, esp. on the buttocks, as in punishment
      1. To strike or try to strike something with a sharp blow:
      2. To strike or hit with a sharp blow:
      3. To hit with a quick, sharp blow
      1. To strike or slap with a sharp, resounding blow
      2. To strike (someone or something) with a sharp blow; slap.
      3. (Slang) To murder (a person), often, specif., for pay
      1. To enunciate with clarity and precision:
      2. (Informal) To hit or punch with a quick, sharp blow
      3. To cut off the edge of:
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Another word for spat

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      1. To depress or push (a push button, a key on a keypad, etc.)
      2. To prod or poke with a stick
      3. To pierce, shape, stamp, cut, etc. with a punch
      1. To move or collide with a thump or thumps:
      2. To hit or fall in such a way as to produce a thump or thumps:
      3. To beat so as to produce a thump or thumps:
      1. To put, throw, hit, etc. carelessly or with force
      2. To strike with the palm of the hand or a flat object:
      3. To strike with something flat, specif. the palm of the hand
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