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fighting word

Usually, fighting words. language that arouses rage in an antagonist. Unabridged
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  • He knew that even knuckling down, and changing from man to worm to take back his fighting words, couldn't do any good.

    Asteroid of Fear Raymond Zinke Gallun
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fighting words

A statement bound to start a quarrel or fight. It is often expressed asthem's fighting words, as in You say your father's smarter than mine? Them's fighting words. The ungrammatical use of them's for “those are” emphasizes the folksy tone of this colloquialism, first recorded in Ring Lardner's Gullible's Travels (1917).
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