• To pick a fight means to start a fight or argument with someone on purpose.

  • To talk or behave in such a way as to provoke a fight or argument.

  • To intentionally start a fight with someone.

1. Henry is always well behaved, I could never even imagine that he would pick a fight with anyone.


2. Are you trying to pick a fight with me?


3. The soccer player started to pick a fight with the referee, who immediately gave him a red card.


4. The politician always used vulgar language and picked a fight with one of the highest paid lawyers in town.

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Do more harm than good

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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