After spending the weekend in Madrid and paying a visit to the Reina Sofia art gallery to see Guernica again, I thought some phrasal verbs/ expressions related to everyday conflict could be a good idea.
- To fall out with sb – When you have an argument/ you are no longer on speaking terms. You can also make it into a noun, eg. we had a fall out/ a falling out.
- To fight off – To defend yourself from an attacker, either a physical one or an illness eg. I’m fighting off a cold at the moment.
- To gang up on sb – When people get together to attack an individual in a fight or a discussion.
- To lay into sb – When sb attacks sb rather fiercely, with physical violence or their words.
- To stand up to sb – To be confident in your position and to confront your opposition.
Expressions of conflict:
- To be at odds – To always be fighting, on opposite sides of an argument.
- To fight a losing battle – To still be arguing something that you cannot win.
- To split hairs – To argue about insignificant things.
In the middle of conflict:
- To be caught in the crossfire – To unwillingly be in the middle of other people´s fight.
- To sit on the fence – To be neutral, not take sides.
- To clear the air – To make up.
- To let bygones be bygones – To leave the past behind.
- To let sleeping dogs lie – To not get drawn into conflict again concerning past fights.
- It’s water under the bridge – To say that the fight/pain is in the past.
- To wipe the slate clean – To leave the past behind.