- lock horns
- lock horns (with (someone))
to argue with someone in a very determined way.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of two fighting animals such as deer whose horns lock together
In her new movie she plays a middle-aged college student who locks horns with her professor.
New idioms dictionary. 2014.
Look at other dictionaries:
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 horns — When people lock horns, they argue or fight about something … The small dictionary of idiomes
lock horns — ► lock horns engage in conflict. Main Entry: ↑lock … English terms dictionary
lock horns — phrasal 1. of cattle : to engage or interlock the horns in fighting 2. of persons : to come into conflict will probably lock horns over the appointment of a new supervisor * * * lock horns To engage in combat, physical or otherwise • • • Main… … Useful english dictionary
lock horns — When people lock horns, they argue or fight about something. (Dorking School Dictionary) *** If you lock horns with somebody, you argue or fight with them about something. If there is another incident like that in the building, the … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
lock horns — if two people lock horns, they argue about something. The mayor and her deputy locked horns over the plans for the new road. (often + over) … New idioms dictionary
lock horns — he s locked horns with every boss he s ever had Syn: argue, quarrel, fight, disagree, squabble, bicker … Thesaurus of popular words
lock horns (to) — Disagree. ► “The Detroit Department of Transportation and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation have locked horns over a merger debate that has polarized the population and the politicians.” (ENR, Sept. 25, 1995, p. 12) … American business jargon
lock horns — engage in conflict. → lock … English new terms dictionary
lock horns — phrasal to come into conflict … New Collegiate Dictionary