battle of wits

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Noun1.battle of wits - a contest in which intelligence rather than violence is usedbattle of wits - a contest in which intelligence rather than violence is used
contest - a struggle between rivals
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and Tom mentally girded himself for a battle of wits.
Having trained alongside him we both know each other's strength and weaknesses so it will be a battle of wits this weekend.
places Timmy in a battle of wits, skill, and determination against his old nemesis, Mister Carbuncle, whose schemes to accelerate the depletion of the ozone layer and melt the ice around Toyland is making even Santa Claus desperate for help.