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Handbags at ten paces

Posted by Bruce Kahl on April 10, 2001

In Reply to: Handbags at ten paces posted by Vivien Stoney on April 10, 2001

: What does this mean? We are looking for slogans and sayings with the number ten in to celebrate our schools tenth anniversary. Any more ideas?

I saw your phrase on dozens of UK websites dealing with soccer and or football.
From the context of the sites, I think your phrase means a heated disagreement leading to mild fisticuffs.