battle of nerves
{n. phr.} A contest of wills during which the parties do not fight physically but try to wear each other out. * /It has been a regular battle of nerves to get the new program accepted at the local state university./ See: WAR OF NERVES.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • battle\ of\ nerves — • battle of nerves • war of nerves n. phr. A contest of wills during which the parties do not fight physically but try to wear each other out. It has been a regular battle of nerves to get the new program accepted at the local state university …   Словарь американских идиом

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  • battle of nerves — {n. phr.} A contest of wills during which the parties do not fight physically but try to wear each other out. * /It has been a regular battle of nerves to get the new program accepted at the local state university./ See: WAR OF NERVES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • battle of nerves —    A battle of nerves is a situation where neither side in a conflict or dispute is willing to back down and is waiting for the other side to weaken. ( A war of nerves is an alternative form.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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