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noun [C]     /ˈkwɒr.əl/ US  /ˈkwɔːr-/
B2 an angry disagreement between two or more people or groups: They had a bitter quarrel about/over some money three years ago and they haven't spoken to each other since. We have no quarrel with the people of your country (= we have no reason to disagree with or dislike them). They seem to have patched up their quarrel (= finished their disagreement and started to be friendly).Arguments and disagreements
(Definition of quarrel noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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