argue


argue
ar|gue
W1S1 [ˈa:gju: US ˈa:r-] v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: arguer, from Latin arguere 'to make clear']
1.)
to disagree with someone in words, often in an angry way
We could hear the neighbours arguing.
argue with
Gallacher continued to argue with the referee throughout the game.
argue about
They were arguing about how to spend the money.
argue over
The children were arguing over which TV programme to watch.
2.) [I and T]
to state, giving clear reasons, that something is true, should be done etc
argue that
Croft argued that a date should be set for the withdrawal of troops.
It could be argued that a dam might actually increase the risk of flooding.
argue for/against (doing) sth
Baker argued against cutting the military budget.
She argued the case for changing the law.
The researchers put forward a well-argued case for banning the drug.
They argued the point (=discussed it) for hours without reaching a conclusion.
3.) argue sb into/out of doing sth
[i]BrE to persuade someone to do or not do something
Joyce argued me into buying a new jacket.
4.) [T] formal
to show that something clearly exists or is true
The statement argues a change of attitude by the management.
5.) argue the toss
BrE informal to continue to argue about a decision that has been made and cannot be changed
There was no point arguing the toss after the goal had been disallowed.
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WORD FOCUS: argue
synonyms: fight, quarrel, have a row (BrE)
to argue about unimportant things: squabble, bicker, quibble
to stop arguing: bury the hatchet, settle your differences, make your peace with somebody, make it up (=used about friends or lovers)
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