- to engage in combat; fight.
- to disagree violently; argue: The board members crossed swords in the selection of a president.
Origin of sword
Related formssword·less, adjectivesword·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for cross swords
- violence or power, esp military power
- death; destructionto put to the sword
Derived Formsswordless, adjectiveswordlike, adjective
Word Origin for sword
Idioms and Phrases with cross swords (1 of 2)
Fight, either verbally or physically. For example, At every policy meeting the two vice-presidents crossed swords. This phrase alludes to the ancient form of combat using swords. Also see at sword's point.
Idioms and Phrases with cross swords (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with sword
- sword of Damocles
- at sword's point
- cross swords