Definition of dust-up in English:



  • A fight or quarrel.

    ‘he'd had a dust-up with Vera’
    • ‘He thinks the current dust-up about electronic voting is a political squabble.’
    • ‘In a society that takes pride in the mildness of its political debates (with the exception of periodic dust-ups over Quebec sovereignty), immigrant fiction writers are among the country's sharpest social critics.’
    • ‘Now, if you're interested in getting to the bottom of these sorts of high jinks you want to see dust-ups like this because if things get ugly - and especially if they go into the courts - you know all the details are going to come out.’
    • ‘The US electorate already thinks little good about its politicians, and a convention style that substitutes designer presentation for traditional dust-ups is not likely to overcome this scepticism.’
    • ‘One of these dust-ups involves nudists wanting more space for their activities and the public wanting rid of the nudists because of their activities.’
    • ‘But the idea has already set off scholarly dust-ups with economists who say targets could drive up inflation artificially.’
    • ‘The dust-up over the diversity plan again made headlines around the country and particularly on conservative Web sites and blogs, where the UO has been dubbed the ‘Berkeley of the north.’’
    • ‘An eventful series of autumn internationals saw Italy play Fiji in snow, a dust-up between teammates when England beat Samoa and, thanks to France, a Northern Hemisphere team ranked in the top three for the first time in 12 months.’
    • ‘Now it appears that our dream is threatened by an unfortunate dust-up between the two New York blog elites.’
    • ‘‘I've done this all across the country and I'm telling you, it's like my independent poll,’ she said after the dust-up.’
    • ‘The most exciting part of the night came shortly after the third pub, when I got involved in a minor dust-up with a smart-mouthed, chemically enhanced nightclub patron.’
    • ‘Still, a political dust-up ensued, as the White House, overreacting to the overreaction of the Democrats, went into full spin mode.’
    • ‘In the context of this, because it was a dust-up over a reporter, I think a lot of people, at least we have this positive benefit, focusing on that outrage.’
    • ‘Also live this hour, a follow-up to the dust-up in Detroit.’
    • ‘The dust-up occurred during a wedding reception - the instigator claims she was just showing how easy it is to accidentally bite off someone's nose.’
    • ‘We are ready to go back in there now, but this administration, I think, frankly, is trying to avoid any kind of a dust-up before the election.’
    • ‘There was a similar dust-up in Britain a few months ago.’
    • ‘Beijing has survived serious dust-ups with the US before.’
    • ‘With a full house behind him, it will be a pressure-cooker atmosphere for a clash that boxing pundits have tipped as one of the tastiest domestic dust-ups of the year.’
    • ‘Yep, there were a number of dust-ups as tempers boiled over.’
    quarrel, argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, squabble, contretemps, clash, altercation, exchange, brawl, tussle, conflict, affray, war of words, shouting match, fracas, wrangle, tangle, misunderstanding, passage at arms, passage of arms, battle royal
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