(to be) at one another's throats

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at one another's throats

"(to be) at one another's throats"

to be vehemently fighting or arguing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at one another's throats

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What are they arguing about this time?

Colleague 2:  Who knows?  Probably the same fight they always have.

Colleague 1:  I don't know about that. They are at one another's throats this time.

Colleague 2:  Must be something really contentious.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at one another's throats

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I think Jennifer and Stewart are going to break up soon.

Friend 2:  They have been arguing a lot lately.

Friend 1:  I hope they resolve their differences before they are at one another's throats.

Friend 2:  Yes. When people allow their fighting to reach that point, things are said in anger that are regretted later.

(to be) at one another's throats - Usage:


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(to be) at one another's throats - Gerund Form:

Being at one another's throats all day, the couple finally ran out of vitriol.

(to be) at one another's throats - Examples:

1)  ... licensing payouts from manufacturers of Android devices have seen the two at one another's throats since at least 2010, when the folks from Redmond lodged an ITC complaint over ...

2)  ... my relationship with my wife and not wait until we are at one another's throats or worse yet in divorce court to work on my relationship and allow it to ...

3)  The city and the library have been at one another's throats for much of the last year -- through budget cuts and branch closures and threats ...

4)  ... it's no wonder that Apple and Samsung have been at one another's throats lately. They both know that there is more at stake than protecting patents or ...

5)  It's a real shame that everyone is at one another's throats on here, bashing each other's countries.

6)  ... nearly equal portions which hate each other and long to fly at one another's throats, that portion which is just less than half will not submit tamely to the ...

7)  When you hear the term Hobbesian, you think of people at one another's throats, struggling for power in a situation of chaos.

8)  ... showing how two individuals who were earlier virtually at one another's throats have now come to understand and respect one another far more.

9)  If Israel was to disappear tomorrow the Arabs would still be at one another's throats, and the world wouldn't be any safer from suicide bombers and terrorists.

10)  It harms our souls. We are at one another's throats on virtually every topic, half the time we don't even mean it, ...

11)  But instead of working together on this messaging, we're at one another's throats pointing fingers and declaring that one side is the problem.

12)  ... issues of the day are distractions -- something to keep us at one another's throats instead of paying attention to what's really happening.

13)  But why do the two schools always seem to be at one another's throats? Why are the two schools such fierce rivals?

14)  ... politics for what it does - divides us and sets us at one another's throats.

15)  ... my husband and I were almost at one another's throats. During the day our baby was witnessing our arguments.

16)  ... as the ship of state is sinking, the crew is at one another's throats, too busy fighting to plug the holes and pump out the water.

17)  We're all close to going at one another's throats. It will be interesting when the big fight finally kicks off.

18)  Microsoft and Apple have always been at one another's throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's ...

19)  For these reasons, mages and non-mages are constantly at one another's throats -- mages resent their church-sanctioned imprisonment, and non-mages fear the mages' volatility and ...

20)  All three of us were at one another's throats constantly from pure exhaustion. I snapped at Harrison, something I very rarely do.