Become embroiled in conflict, as in At the town meeting Kate and Steve locked horns over increasing the property tax. This expression alludes to how stags and bulls use their horns to fight one another. [First half of 1800s]
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But damn, the music is catchy—a neo-soul aural assault of horns, electro swirls, yelps, funky basslines, and harmonized vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While the desk sergeant ran a background check, he was roughed up by another officer in the lock-up.
“Now they will definitely lock Navalny in prison,” one of the women in the crowd said.
The line right before this is “With little tin horns and little toy drums.”
The “rooty toot toot” is simply the noise the horns make, while “rummy tum tum” is the drums.
We met like hostile bulls, and wonder not that we should plunge at once upon each other's horns!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
The place was used as a lock-up for some time after the incorporation, and the old irons were kept on show for years.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
I do not know—I do not dare to believe—that I shall live to hear that key grating in the lock.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
All the time there was a tremendous beating of drums and blowing of horns and ringing of bells.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
When he assails a calf, the cow will rush upon him, and one toss from her horns is sufficient to kill him.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne