fighting word

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fight′ing word`

Usu., fighting words. language that arouses rage in an antagonist.
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In the eyes of the meat industry, "less" is a fighting word.
He covers mass media and the national character, freedom in the lonely crowd, building without foundations, the two masters, the latter days of the Protestant establishment, and consensus becomes a fighting word.
Legally free speech is allowed unless its a fighting word.
In some religious and ideological circles, "individualism" is a fighting word, as if the individual can be valued only at the expense of the community; looking at Moser's pictures one cannot rate the individual second.
1953 Amazing to recall, now that he is as permanently enshrined in the pantheon of artist-deities as Matisse or Mondrian, but Rothko, back in the early '50s, was a fighting word.
And the young Toshack lapped up every fighting word.
The retailer will be working with creative writing centre Fighting Words and will aim to raise [euro]100,000 over three years.
They were not fighting words and they were not threats.
Fighting words, but The Mall of Qatar sure has the arsenal to make its pitch effective.
Brave, fighting words from a side second-bottom and on 51 points along with Wolves and Peterborough.
Fighting Words are aimed at concepts, not people, as we will do in this section of International
For a company thathas been marketing itselfas being more open to working with competitors and non-VMware environments, those seem like some fighting words.