E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
An existing quarrel. (A term used among swordsmen.)
Let us pause until I give you my opinion on this dependence for if we coolly examine the state of our dependence, we may the better apprehend whether the sisters three have doomed one of us to expiate the same with our blood.Sir W. Scott: The Monastery, chap. xxi.