Grammar Patterns

at N

The 'war' group

These nouns are used to indicate that two or more people, groups, or things are in opposition to each other. These are reciprocal nouns; they are sometimes followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with with.
When Reagan was in the White House, few minded that so many of his statements were at variance with the facts.
England was at war.
  • at cross-purposes (with ...)
  • at loggerheads (with ...)
  • at odds (with ...)
  • at variance (with ...)
  • at war (with ...)
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