to pick a fight

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pick a fight

"to pick a fight"

to intentionally start a fight or argument with someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pick a fight

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why would you intentionally pick a fight with the boss?

Colleague 2:  He was blatantly wrong about the approach to this new client.

Colleague 1:  Don't you think there was a better way to voice your concerns other than being combative?

Colleague 2:  Perhaps but he was not listening to me.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pick a fight

A couple are talking ...

Husband:  Why is the house so messy? What have you been doing all day? Watching soap operas and eating junk food? What's wrong with you?

Wife:  There is no reason to pick a fight with me just because you have had a bad day at work.

Husband:  You are right. Sorry. I know you were busy volunteering at the kid's school all day.

to pick a fight - Usage:


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to pick a fight - Gerund Form:

Picking a fight with the boss is not a good idea.

to pick a fight - Examples:

1)  He's declining to challenge the popular wisdom. That's declining to pick a fight, not picking a fight.

2)  ... further weight to the idea that it is never a good idea to pick a fight with an American soldier.

3)  He may be at the point of looking to pick a fight just to act out, just to prove he's still there.

4)  When things were quiet we could always shoot up a town or pick a fight with someone.

5)  It was like she was looking to pick a fight just to get out. I had no idea what was happening.

6)  Blair says the objective is not to pick a fight with China at the disputed Scarborough Shoal, but to set a limit on its ...

7)  ... on how to approach the topic of your finances. Don't pick a fight. Don't criticise your partner.

8)  They say that if you want respect in prison, you must pick a fight with the biggest dude on your first day in.

9)  I don't want to pick a fight with anybody, but there will be a time. I have to confront Abu.

10)  Why is Trump so quick to pick a fight with the press?

11)  He has to go to the polls later this year, and picking a fight with the feds is a time-honoured re-election tactic employed by every sitting premier.

12)  Some men will try to get rid of this feeling by picking a fight, which gives them the chance to show they are strong, ...

13)  Picking a fight right after coming back home from a long day at work or dissecting issues at ...

14)  For many American Evangelicals, picking a fight with the Pope is a badge of honour.

15)  ... her and want to comfort her, but it didn't stop me picking a fight with her the next time.

16)  The major was innocent and the auto driver picked a fight for no reason.

17)  ... shows where he was assaulted on Wednesday by two men who picked a fight with him while he was busy picking up litter along Hesketh Drive.

18)  They forgot our history and picked a fight where one didn't exist.

19)  The duo was drinking at a friend's place when they picked a fight. The couple was left alone in a room to sort out the matter.

20)  She was the most polite contestant and never picked a fight with anybody making all the house-mates love her.