The New Mitt, who has discarded his frontrunner Too-Bain-to-Deign strategy to cross swords more eagerly with his opponents.
Then can one almost see the spirit of the sage chuckling with delight at having found someone with whom to cross swords. '
And now farewell; may it be my lot to cross swords with one of you before all is done.
I used to think that I was a good fencer, but when I cross swords with him I feel quite a baby.
You refuse to cross swords with me on the pretext that you do not fight men of my stamp.
There were sentimentalists present; others who, because it had become etiquette not to cross swords, thought it indecent.
Or if you will do me the honour to cross swords, my sword is ready.
Then, I hope you will do me the honor to cross swords with me at the first battle, replied the marquis.
He challenged Monsieur, and Monsieur declined to cross swords with a thief.
He found time to cross swords with somebody else, and got the worst of the encounter.
Old English sweord, from Proto-Germanic *swerdan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian swerd, Old Norse sverð, Swedish svärd, Middle Dutch swaert, Dutch zwaard, Old High German swert, German Schwert), related to Old High German sweran "to hurt," from *swertha-, literally "the cutting weapon," from PIE root *swer- (3) "to cut, pierce." Contrast with plowshare is from the Old Testament (e.g. Isaiah ii:4, Micah iv:3). Phrase put (originally do) to the sword "kill, slaughter" is recorded from mid-14c.