battle/clash of wills

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of battle/clash of wills

: a contest in which each side is determined to get what it wants and neither side seems willing to yield or compromise
  • He won the battle/clash of wills with his wife.

Word by Word Definitions

battle play
  1. : battalion

  2. : a combat between two persons

  3. : a general encounter between armies, ships of war, or aircraft

  1. : to engage in combat between individuals or armed forces : to engage in battle : fight

  2. : to contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources : struggle

  3. : to fight or struggle against

  1. : to fortify with battlements

clash play
  1. : to make a clash

  2. : to come into conflict

  3. : to cause to clash

  1. : a noisy usually metallic sound of collision

  2. : a hostile encounter : skirmish

  3. : a sharp conflict

will play wills
  1. used to express futurity

  2. used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

  3. used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction

  1. : a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death

  2. : desire, wish: such as

  3. : disposition, inclination

  1. : to cause or change by an act of will

  2. : intend, purpose

  3. : decree, ordain


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