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- Used other than as an idiom: see cross, sword., to place or hold two swords so they cross each other.
- To fight with someone; to duel.
- (idiomatic) To quarrel or argue with someone; to have a dispute with someone.
1974, Ira Brown Cross, “The Knights of Labor”, in A history of the labor movement in California, ISBN 9780520026469, page 179:
- Loring Pickering and George K. Fitch, the owners of these newspapers, had as early as 1870 crossed swords with the local typographical union, and had been defeated in a strike when they had attempted a reduction in wages.
2002, Ukraine's Quest Roundtable Steering Committee, “Ukraine and Human Rights”, in Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood - A roundtable, ISBN 9780741411136, First Session, page 25:
- Crossing swords with oligarchs is one problem. An equally tough problem is crossing swords with the straight political elites, particularly the power ministries.
- (idiomatic, vulgar) For males, to urinate simultaneously such that the streams intersect.
- (to have a dispute with someone): lock horns
to fight with someone — see duel
idiomatic: to have a dispute with someone