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pick a quarrel

Also, pick an argument or fight. Seek an opportunity to quarrel or argue with someone. For example, I don't want to pick a quarrel with you, or Jason was always in trouble for picking fights. These terms use pick in the sense of “select.” [ Mid-1400s ]
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