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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CROSS SWORDS

You refuse to cross swords with me on the pretext that you do not fight men of my stamp.

Do you mean that you would seek to cross swords with the Vicomte?

And now farewell; may it be my lot to cross swords with one of you before all is done.

He had refused to cross swords with her, and had lowered his own in salute.

Was this chit of a girl going to attempt to cross swords with her?

Or if you will do me the honour to cross swords, my sword is ready.

I will cross swords with any man that she appoints as her deputy.

He found time to cross swords with somebody else, and got the worst of the encounter.

He challenged Monsieur, and Monsieur declined to cross swords with a thief.

The cross swords were held in especial veneration by the medieval Christians.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sweord, from Proto-Germanic *swerdan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian swerd, Old Norse sverð, Swedish svärd, Middle Dutch swaert, Dutch zwaard, Old High German swert, German Schwert), related to Old High German sweran "to hurt," from *swertha-, literally "the cutting weapon," from PIE root *swer- (3) "to cut, pierce." Contrast with plowshare is from the Old Testament (e.g. Isaiah ii:4, Micah iv:3). Phrase put (originally do) to the sword "kill, slaughter" is recorded from mid-14c.

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