Idiom – At loggerheads
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At loggerheads – Idiom of the Day
In violent dispute or disagreement.
The origins for this expression are shrouded in mystery. A loggerhead originally referred to a stupid person. In the 17th century, it took a new definition: a thick-headed iron tool. When “at loggerheads”’ came about soon thereafter, it may have referred to the use of loggerheads as weapons in fights. That is all we know.
- Union workers are at loggerheads with factory owners over wage hikes and overtime benefits.
- Barney has been at loggerheads with his father over installing the jacuzzi for 6 months now.
- The President and the House Majority Leader are at loggerheads over the amount that should be given to the people in the stimulus package.
- The United Kingdom has been at loggerheads with the European Union over what kind of trade deal they should have after brexit.
- The CEO of the company was at loggerheads with the board members over the revised targets for the company in the upcoming quarter.
- Jimmy and his girlfriend were at loggerheads over where to go for their anniversary vacation.
- The city’s police department is constantly at loggerheads with the mayor’s office, primarily over decreased funding for pensions, salaries and weapons.