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fightin' words

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Provocative speech; words inviting combat •Often said in a broad cowboy style: I can go along with a little ribbing, but them is fightin' words, son (1917+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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