Meaning: fighting viciously. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: fighting like in-laws
Rewrite 2: warring like Turks and Kurds
Rewrite 3: fighting like a bout for Last Man Standing
Rewrite 4: scuffling like cats with their tails tied together
Comment: There aren’t a lot of synonyms for “fighting,” so we’re kind of stuck with it. You’ll find more room to work with the warring parties.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Why Clichés Are So Annoying: “Corrente Blog about politics and culture.”
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