an angry dispute

they had a quarrel


they had words

Syn: ↑quarrel, ↑wrangle, ↑row, ↑words, ↑run-in
Derivationally related forms: ↑wrangle (for: ↑wrangle), ↑quarrel (for: ↑quarrel)
Hypernyms: ↑dispute, ↑difference, ↑difference of opinion, ↑conflict
affray, ↑altercation, ↑fracas, ↑bicker, ↑bickering, ↑spat, ↑tiff, ↑squabble, ↑pettifoggery, ↑fuss, ↑bust-up

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun (-s)
Etymology: from dust up, v.

another literary dustup … has been raging between publishers and authors — Mollie Panter-Downes

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/dust"up'/, n.
a quarrel; argument; row.
[1895-1900; n. use of v. phrase dust up]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • dustup — noun Date: 1897 row, fight …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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