pick a fight

idiom

: to deliberately start a fight with someone
It would be foolish to pick a fight with that guy.

Examples of pick a fight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of the original defendants were charged with conspiracy to riot, and prosecutors portrayed them as an organized, malicious force that came to San Diego to pick a fight with supporters of former President Donald Trump, just three days after the Capitol insurrection. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 4 May 2024 Take the high road if someone tries to pick a fight. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 30 Mar. 2024 The last thing Miranda needed during this period of stress and fear was responsibility for a dog ready to pick a fight with every stray leaf in his path. David Frum, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 Lower-ranking chimps are sometimes wary of coming inside with more dominant chimps, who might steal or pick a fight over the rewards. Emily Anthes Emil T. Lippe, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Each time, over the course of the evening, the wife begins trying to pick a fight with her husband. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 23 June 2023 Time will tell if that is enough to push an angry Freedom Caucus member to pick a fight with the speaker. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023 Alexander Bick, who was director for Syria in President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, said that Russia may have political reasons to pick a fight now. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2020 Time will tell if that is enough to push an angry Freedom Caucus member to pick a fight with the speaker. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023

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“Pick a fight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20a%20fight. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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