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In this lesson you will learn about the idiom ‘battle of nerves’ and how to use it in your conversations.
Antony: The situation when two parties are in dispute and are not willing to surrender is called “a battle of nerves” or war of nerves.
Flora: It’s an idiom which means two parties are trying to defeat each other merely by threatening, using words without taking any action.
Antony: So you mean, a battle of nerves doesn’t have a real face-to-face fight, right?
Flora: Correct, it’s a contest in which one tries to beat the opponents by making them worried or afraid.
Antony: It’s also a situation when the party waits for the other side to weaken. For example: The border dispute between the two countries has been a battle of nerves for years.
Flora: Nice. How about this: The battle of nerves finally ended when the president stepped down from his post.
Antony: Good example. Let’s listen to some conversations now.
Liza: There’s been a battle of nerves going on between the school board and the teachers. I even heard they may suspend classes.
Sam: That might be good for you!
Liza: Yeah, it’ll give me time to prepare my project.
Sam: Don’t you think the school board is too strict with their new policies?
Liza: Yeah, we’re hoping the teachers win this battle of nerves!
Sam: Mrs. Mandy’s proposal ended the battle of nerves at the university.
Liza: Are they ready to accept the new curriculum?
Sam: Yeah! But it’s almost time for our papers now.
Liza: Such a battle of nerves has affected the students in a negative way.
Sam: It has caused quite a commotion!
Liza: I’ve been in a battle of nerves with my dad about smoking.
Sam: It’s really hard to get someone to quit.
Liza: We’ve been at it for years. I’m always nagging him about it.
Sam: I can feel the tension between you two whenever he lights up.
Liza: It’s a battle I’ll probably never win.
Sam: Don’t give up!