A statement bound to start a quarrel or fight. It is often expressed as them'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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In other words, fluoride is a broad-spectrum, bipartisan, long-lasting magnet for dissent.
In other words, the free thinker defending freedom of thought.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But as you get older, I find I get more tunes and I have to work harder at the words.
He prepared a glossary of provincial and archological words, intended for a supplement to Johnson's Dictionary.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
This wasn't at all what he meant to say, and it sounded very ridiculous; but somehow the words wouldn't come straight.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
There was no fighting; a rifle shot now and then from the crests where we saw our fellows clearly.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
On the morning after Ramona's disappearance, words had been spoken by each which neither would ever forget.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
She kept her eyes fixed steadily on his, saying what followed gently, calmly, yet as though another woman spoke the words.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood