Also, at swords’ points. Antagonistic, hostile, as in Father and son were at swords’ points. Dating from the days when swords were used to settle quarrels, the idiom today generally signifies only a bitter quarrel.
a weapon having various forms but consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved blade, sharp-edged on one or both sides, with one end pointed and the other fixed in a hilt or handle. this weapon as the symbol of military power, punitive justice, authority, etc.: The pen is mightier than the sword. a […]
Also, Hosein, Husain. (al-Husayn) a.d. 629?–680, Arabian caliph, the son of Ali and Fatima and the brother of Hasan. Saddam [sah-dahm] /sɑˈdɑm/ (Show IPA), (at-Takriti) 1937–2006, Iraqi political leader: president 1979–2003. 1935–1999, king of Jordan 1953–99. Contemporary Examples There’s almost no way the regime would have fallen absent the death of Hussein and his sons. […]
- At that
(used to indicate a person, thing, idea, state, event, time, remark, etc., as pointed out or present, mentioned before, supposed to be understood, or by way of emphasis): That is her mother. After that we saw each other. (used to indicate one of two or more persons, things, etc., already mentioned, referring to the one […]
- At that point
Also, at that point in time. Then, as in At that point we had finished the first batch of cookies and begun the second. This phrase refers to a particular time when an event or circumstance occurred, as opposed to “now” (see at this point). [ Second half of 1900s ]