pistols at dawn

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pistols at dawn (uncountable)

  1. A duel.
  2. (by extension) A disagreement strong enough to evoke a duel.
    • 2009, Wendy Leigh, Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance, p. 149:
      By rights, the making of To Wong Foo should have been fun for Patrick, Wesley, and John, but from the first it was pistols at dawn.