by the ears

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Adverb[edit]

by the ears

  1. In a state of conflict; fighting, scuffling.
    • 1630, John Smith, True Travels, in Kupperman 1988, p. 38:
      they heard Cursell confesse what had formerly passed; and that how in the dividing that they had stolne from him, they fell by the ears amongst themselves, that were actors in it [...].