loggerhead vs loggerheads

The words ‘loggerhead’ and ‘loggerheads’ belong to the same part of speech (nouns) but have different meanings.

loggerhead

  1. A type of turtle with a large head.
  2. A shrike (a type of bird) with mainly grey feathers and black eyestripe (head’s stripe which encloses or seems to run through the eyes), wings, and tail.
  3. (old-fashioned) A foolish person.

 

loggerheads

It is usually used as a prepositional phrase: at loggerheads.

When you’re at loggerheads with someone, you strongly disagree with them or you’re in a violent dispute with them.

Examples:

  1. We don’t need to be at loggerheads with each other.
  2. Politicians do not hide their feelings when they’re at loggerheads with opponents.

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