lock horns with someone


lock horns with someone
lock horns (with (someone)) to argue with someone in a very determined way.

In her new movie she plays a middle-aged college student who locks horns with her professor.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of two fighting animals such as deer whose horns lock together

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  • lock horns with — lock horns (with (someone)) to argue with someone in a very determined way. In her new movie she plays a middle aged college student who locks horns with her professor. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of two fighting animals such as deer… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lock horns with sb — lock horns (with sb) ► to become involved in a disagreement or argument with someone: »My first test as a manager early in my career was locking horns with a union representative at a print factory. lock horns (with sb) over sth »The White House… …   Financial and business terms

  • lock horns (with) — phrase to become involved in something such as a fight or competition with someone Two of Rugby League’s top teams will lock horns with each other tomorrow. Thesaurus: to take part in a competition or gamesynonym to arguehyponym to defeat someone …   Useful english dictionary

  • lock horns — (with (someone)) to argue with someone in a very determined way. In her new movie she plays a middle aged college student who locks horns with her professor. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of two fighting animals such as deer whose horns …   New idioms dictionary

  • lock horns — (with sb) ► to become involved in a disagreement or argument with someone: »My first test as a manager early in my career was locking horns with a union representative at a print factory. lock horns (with sb) over sth »The White House and… …   Financial and business terms

  • lock — lock1 W3S2 [lɔk US la:k] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(fasten something)¦ 2¦(keep in a safe place)¦ 3¦(fixed position)¦ 4¦(fixed situation)¦ 5 be locked in battle/combat/dispute etc 6 lock arms 7 lock horns (with somebody) Phrasal verbs  lock… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lock — lock1 [ lak ] verb *** 1. ) transitive to fasten something such as a door or a container, usually with a key, so that other people cannot open it: John went out and locked the door behind him. Have you locked the car? lock something in something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lock — I UK [lɒk] / US [lɑk] verb Word forms lock : present tense I/you/we/they lock he/she/it locks present participle locking past tense locked past participle locked *** 1) a) [transitive] to fasten something such as a door or a container, usually… …   English dictionary

  • lock — 1 verb 1 FASTEN SOMETHING (I, T) to fasten something with a lock or be fastened with a lock: Did you lock the car? I can t get the door to lock. 2 PUT STH IN A SAFE PLACE (transitive always + adv/prep) to put something in a safe place and lock… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lock — lock1 lockless, adj. /lok/, n. 1. a device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like in position when closed, consisting of a bolt or system of bolts propelled and withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key, dial, etc. 2. a contrivance… …   Universalium