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log·ger·head

 (lô′gər-hĕd′, lŏg′ər-)
n.
1. A loggerhead turtle.
2. An iron tool consisting of a long handle with a bulbous end, used when heated to melt tar or warm liquids.
3. Nautical A post on a whaleboat used to secure the harpoon rope.
4. Informal A blockhead; a dolt.
Idiom:
at loggerheads
Engaged in a dispute: The question of car privileges put Sam and his parents at loggerheads.

[Probably dialectal logger, wooden block (probably from log) + head.]

at loggerheads

Involved in a dispute.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.at loggerheads - in a dispute or confrontationat loggerheads - in a dispute or confrontation; "Sam and his parents were at loggerheads over the question of car privileges"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
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References in classic literature ?
A fine thing it would be if the people of the clock town were to be at loggerheads every moment with everyone who called them by that name, -or the Cazoleros, Berengeneros, Ballenatos, Jaboneros, or the bearers of all the other names and titles that are always in the mouth of the boys and common people!
I did not, of course, maintain friendly relations with my comrades and soon was at loggerheads with them, and in my youth and inexperience I even gave up bowing to them, as though I had cut off all relations.
There are the prospectuses that couldn't be distributed, and the architect's plans and estimates, and the whole correspondence which set everybody at loggerheads and ended in a dispute, all down together in that corner, behind the packing-cases.
10am, Sunday, November 18, Loggerheads and Cilcain Round, meet at Loggerheads Country Park (6 miles) ?
Essar's growing presence in the retail sector has seen it unveil its latest site at Loggerheads Garage, near Mold.
Summary: Iran said Tuesday it was ready for "straight talks" with Saudi Arabia over contentious issues that have kept the rival Gulf powers at loggerheads for more than three decades.
The two countries are at loggerheads with each other due to a number of issues, but Iran's progress in nuclear technology is deemed to be the main bone of contention between the two arch foes.