|bandit territory||A geographical area where law enforcement is practically impossible, because people ignore all rules, is called ‘bandit territory‘.|
There are a certain number of bandit territories in the world where travellers are advised not to go.
|beat black and blue||If a person is covered with bruise marks caused by being hit, they have been beaten black and blue.|
The passenger was beaten black and blue by a gang of thugs.
|beat/knock the (living) daylights||If a person beats the (living) daylights out of another, they hit them very hard and repeatedly.|
If I catch you stealing again I’ll beat the daylights out of you!
|come to blows||If two or more people come to blows, they start to fight.|
The debate was so intense that the participants almost came to blows.
|fight like cat and dog||Two people who fight or argue like cat and dog frequently have violent arguments, even though they are fond of each other.|
They fight like cat and dog but they’re still together after 30 years.
|fight tooth and nail||If you fight tooth and nail for something, you fight with energy and determination.|
The Transport Minister fought tooth and nail to have the proposed road safety law accepted.
|fight an uphill battle||A person faced with an uphill battle has to struggle against very unfavourable circumstances.|
After the terrible accident, his recovery was an uphill battle all the way.
|free-for-all||This term refers to an uncontrolled situation such as an argument or fight where everyone present can do what they like.|
It started as a serious debate but turned into a free-for-all.
|gloves are off!||This expression is used when there are signs that a fight is about to start.|
The two candidates are out of their seats. The gloves are off!
|head on a platter||If someone makes you so angry that you want them to be punished, you want their head on a platter.|
He was so angry when he read the article about his family that he wanted the journalist’s head on a platter.
|road rage||Aggressive driving habits sometimes resulting in violence against other drivers is called road rage.|
A number of accidents today are a direct result of road rage.
|take cover||When someone takes cover, they hide from a danger in a place where they find protection.|
As soon as the explosion was heard, people ran to take cover.
|tit for tat||This expression refers to an injury or insult given in return for one received.|
“He kicked me, so I kicked him – it was tit for tat!” said the boy.
|up in arms||If you are up in arms about something, you are very angry.|
The population was up in arms over the demolition of the old theatre.
|in/through the wars||If a person or thing has been in (or through) the wars, they show signs of rough treatment, injury or damage.|
He arrived in a car that looked as if it had been in the wars.