Picking a Fight
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What are you looking at? – a phrase used when one feels defensive and thinks another person is looking at oneself strangely, being critical or judgmental * What are you looking at? Every time I look up, you’re staring at me.
You want a piece of me? – an informal question that asks whether another person wants to fight; a challenge for a fight * You want a piece of me? Go ahead and hit me! I can beat you, for sure.
You and what army? – an informal phrase showing that one doesn’t believe another person is capable of doing what he or she just said, unless he or she has help from many other people * Do you really think you’ll be able to make this company profitable again? You and what army? You have no idea how much debt we have.
to take (something) outside – to leave a bar or another room so that two or more people can fight and/or have a loud disagreement outdoors, away from other people * Boys, if you can’t keep the noise down, you’ll need to take your disagreement outside. Nobody wants to hear the two of you fighting with each other.
to pick a fight – to try to get another person to fight with oneself, usually by saying or doing something to cause the other person to become angry * Christopher tried to pick a fight with the rich man by saying horrible things about his wife.
to make peace – to make a situation calmer and more controlled or more manageable; to find a way to end an argument or a tense situation without fighting; to forgive another person and be forgiven by that person * Shane and his girlfriend have been fighting for a few days, but tonight he’s going to try to make peace with her by cooking dinner and giving her flowers.
to hold (someone) off – to delay someone; to prevent someone from doing something for a period of time, usually at least until something else can happen * Somehow John was able to hold off the attackers until the police arrived.