at daggers drawn

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

at daggers drawn

  1. In a state of animosity.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 74:
      the house of Condé, collateral with the Bourbons, was perennially at daggers drawn with the rival Orléans dynasty []
    • 2011, Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 28 Apr 2011:
      But Cameron nevertheless feels confident, because he is pretty sure that he has got Labour where he wants it, still off the centre ground on economic credibility and increasingly at daggers drawn with the Liberal Democrats, not least over the pivotal electoral event of this parliament, the AV referendum.