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  • adv. In a state of conflict; fighting, scuffling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. in close contest; as, to set by the ears; to fall together by the ears; to be by the ears.


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  • (adverb) - A familiar and very old phrase denoting to quarrel or fight. It alludes to the practice of dogs which, when fighting, seize each other by the ears. --John Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms 1849

    April 22, 2018