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Altercation — nothing to fight about

Altercations?  Yes, I used to think this mean a fight.  I bet you did too.  altercation

Actually, the definition of altercation is a verbal fight between people. (note the verbal aspect)  Most think it means a fight/fist fight.

Altercation means a noisy, heated angry dispute.

Synonyms are quarrel, squabble and dispute, bickering, beef and tiff.

So next time you hear about an altercation taking place, don’t assume it is a physical fight.