pissing contest

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pissing contest (plural pissing contests)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: a competition to determine who can urinate the furthest up a wall.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) A pointless competition, dispute or conflict, often over some trivial matter.
    I'm not getting into a pissing contest with him over who has the fastest car.
    • 1996, Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, Scribner →ISBN
      She won him in a pissing contest.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: Yeah, it's not a big deal. I lobbied for fuel-cell technology on Capitol Hill. I'm friends with Sandy Bullock, really good friends. Who cares? It's not a pissing contest, right, J?