To come to blows

To come to blows
Blow Blow, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to beat, G. bl["a]uen, Goth. bliggwan.] 1. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword. [1913 Webster]

Well struck ! there was blow for blow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault. [1913 Webster]

A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp]. --T. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

3. The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet. [1913 Webster]

A most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{At a blow}, suddenly; at one effort; by a single vigorous act. ``They lose a province at a blow.'' --Dryden.

{To come to blows}, to engage in combat; to fight; -- said of individuals, armies, and nations. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Stroke; knock; shock; misfortune. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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