"to pick a fight"
to intentionally start a fight or argument with someone
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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.
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.
Picking a fight with the boss is not a good idea.
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.