Definition of come to blows in English:

come to blows


  • Start fighting after a disagreement.

    ‘the two actors reputedly almost came to blows’
    • ‘One day they'll surely come to blows over a disagreement about the seven-day forecast, chaos theory be damned.’
    • ‘The two young men come to blows, fighting ‘with the instinctive fierceness of panthers in the deepening twilight’.’
    • ‘Tai and Blaze fight often but they rarely come to blows.’
    • ‘This was the woman with whom he had fought so many bitter disputes, almost come to blows so many times.’
    • ‘Friends and loved ones practically coming to blows as they argued: was he really a power-mad lunatic, or a visionary being smeared by political enemies?’
    • ‘Viking forces marched through the city on Saturday before coming to blows in the Eye of York in the re-enactment of a 10th century clash between Viking and Anglo Saxon armies.’
    • ‘It has a great charm, the poetry world, because people are not particularly making money, although admittedly they are coming to blows over grants and so on.’
    • ‘Already, party members are coming to blows, picking candidates not just for the presidency, but for parliament.’
    • ‘It was no irony that even as the pamphlets were being distributed, Congressmen were on the verge of coming to blows.’
    • ‘The only thing I wouldn't like to see is players coming to blows.’
    • ‘And there were unconfirmed reports of a passenger and a rail company employee coming to blows on a platform.’
    • ‘The fact that neither of us had read these great luminaries didn't stop us nearly coming to blows.’
    • ‘But you have to ask yourself, if it actually comes to blows politically, internally, is the United States going to stand by and watch that?’
    • ‘Having said that, we have never come to blows and I have the greatest of respect for the other 51% of the population.’
    • ‘It's a wonder we don't come to blows more often than we do.’
    • ‘Often it doesn't come to blows, they enjoy the buzz of organising confrontations.’
    • ‘But I don't expect it to come to blows; they're both too professional, and they both respect each other too much for that.’
    • ‘I thought they might even come to blows at one point.’
    • ‘The couple, who had been together for 28 years and had come to blows in the past, argued at a local Conservative club and continued to row at home.’
    • ‘These days, when the two men meet by chance at a club, at best they exchange insincere niceties; at worst their crews come to blows.’