to have words with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition -

"to have words with"

to speak to someone angrily;

to argue


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition -

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Who is the boss having words with?

Colleague 2:  It is one of the key account managers who allegedly tried to sabotage one of the boss's projects.

Colleague 1:  The boss seems really upset. He is yelling and gesticulating madly.

Colleague 2:  Looks like the account manager is denying culpability and fighting back.

Colleague 1:  Sure is a big argument.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition -

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why is Gina so upset?

Friend 2:  I think she and Eric just broke up.

Friend 1:  Why do you say that?

Friend 2:  They just had words and Eric got really upset and walked away. There was a lot of yelling and screaming.

to have words with - Usage:


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to have words with - Gerund Form:

Having words with his best friend, the argument ended with them not speaking to each other for over a year.

to have words with - Examples:

1)  We went back to the green room and I had words with the Miss GB organisers but I left of my own accord.

2)  ... from the victims' house when he apparently had words with his father.

3)  ... spoke with his assistant and had words with both players, no cards were issued.

4)  ... yeah I've gone and knocked on his door and had words with him, because I'm at a stage now where I definitely want to ...

5)  At times it got heated and Brian Cody had words with the referee ...

6)  ... in the past, had words with the girl's mother and there was also an incident of assault where the ...

7)  ... he received a language violation and had words with the umpire.

8)  ... he became jealous and had words with ...

9)  ... a number of arguments and fallouts. Billie Sam's sister has had words with Sam and their mum Sue has also expressed her concerns.

10)  At the very end of the game he had words with Emre Can and threw a left arm to the face.

11)  ... the woman had words with an anti-abortion protester who pushed her over, and she kicked over the man ...

12)  Dyson also caused a brief incident following the seventh inning when he had words with Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, which caused the benches to clear while ...

13)  ... hung his head as his teammates had words with him for not passing the ball, ...

14)  Based on witness statements, police believe Potter had words with one individual as he tried to pass.

15)  I know my mother had words with my father and then he went out the door and then he was drowned.

16)  As protesters and members of the public had words with police enforcing ...

17)  Their kid had words with our kids, and our kids talked back. They were having a face-off ...

18)  ... but was eventually forced into exile by the British -- had words with Montreal's Catholic Archbishop because the Catholic Church refused to marry my parents since ...

19)  ... explained that he had words with his boss, that he threw the guy up against a wall and shouted ...

20)  After slamming a forehand volley winner, the Serbian had words with the chair umpire then was booed by the French crowd.