Definition of war of words in English:

war of words


  • A prolonged debate conducted by means of the spoken or printed word.

    ‘the political war of words over tax’
    • ‘Rather than sparking debate on the issue, it sparked a war of words between the various political parties.’
    • ‘Legalised brothels and drug raves in parks have sparked a political war of words in Manchester.’
    • ‘Recently he has been involved in so many wars of words that he is battle weary.’
    • ‘Project Sudan is waging a war of words against Canadian oil company Talisman Energy Inc.’
    • ‘In the end, the children are forced to enforce a list of rules to ensure peace in the house, and put an end to flaming tempers and an unending war of words.’
    • ‘The tenants have not traded from the 19th Century riverside building since then, and have been locked in a war of words with the council.’
    • ‘East Riding Council was last year drawn into a public war of words with Education Secretary Charles Clarke over the funding issue.’
    • ‘The re-release of Suspicious Minds has caused something of a war of words to break out between Elvis and Beatles fans in Scotland.’
    • ‘Becker, surprisingly, did not immediately jump into the war of words with guns blazing.’
    • ‘New Zealand waged a war of words in their own unique diplomatic style.’
    argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out