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pissing match

noun

a confrontational debate; a contest of wills or egos; also called pissing contest

Word Origin

1970s

Usage Note

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Slang definitions & phrases for pissing match

pissing contest

noun phrase
  1. An argument; disagreement; confrontational debate: warned him against getting into a pissing contest with Bittman/ I'm not going to sit here and get in a pissin' match about petty problems like work shoes
  2. A contest; an unofficial competition

[1970s+; perhaps fr actual vying among boys as to who can project the urinary stream farthest]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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