The Borneo Post - Good English
KNOW THE MEANING
at daggers drawn ready to start fighting or quarelling at any minute: Tricia and Brian have been at daggers drawn ever since their divorce.
give (someone) the cold shoulder to ignore (someone) deliberately: I saw John in the supermarket but I just gave him the cold shoulder - he treated my friend very badly.
be spoiling for a fight to be eager to have a fight or quarrel, to be in an argumentative mood: I’d stay away from Helen if I were you - she’s in a foul mood and I thinks she’s spoiling for a fight.
a bone of contention a cause of argument: Paul and Michelle don’t get on very well this day - that crash is still a bone of contention between them.
make (someone’s) hackles rise to make someone angry: Every time I think about that man stealing my purse, it makes my hackles rise.
ruffle (someone’s) feathers to upset or annoy (someone): I don’t know what is wrong with Kati, but something has certainly ruffled her feathers.
pour oil on troubled waters to try to calm and soothe a person or a situation: I tried to pour oil on troubled waters by explaining how the accident happened.
mend fences to put things right after an argument or disagreement: I suppose that I should go and see her and try to mend fences.
hold a pistol to (someone’s) head to force (someone) to do as one wishes, often by making threats: My parents think that I should study more, and they’re holding a pistol to my head by threatening to reduce my allowance.
sink (our, your, their, etc) differences to forget about past disagreements and try to get on with each other: If we are going to be living in the same flat, I think that we should sink our differences and try to be friends.