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Rivalry

Robbery (See THIEVERY.)
Rudeness (See COARSENESS.)
Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane
bully and show-off compete for Katrina’s hand. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
Capulets and Montagues
bitter feud between these two houses leads to tragedy. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
Diomedes and Troilus
rivals for hand of Cressida. [Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida]
Esau and Jacob
struggled even in mother’s womb. [O.T.: Genesis 25:22]
Eteocles and Polynices
brothers battle for Theban throne. [Gk. Lit.: Seven Against Thebes]
Gingham Dog and Calico Ca
t stuffed animals eat each other up. [Am. Lit.: “The Duel” in Hollowell]
Guelphs and Ghibellines
perennial medieval Italian feuding political factions. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 42–43]
Hatfields and McCoys
19th-century mountain families carried on endless feud in southern U.S. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 942]
Jets and Sharks
teenage gangs fight for supremacy amid the New York tenements. [Am. Lit. and Cinema: West Side Story]
Kilkenny cats
contentious felines fight to the death. [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose]
Percys and Douglases
the perennial Scottish border feud; recounted in famous ballad “Chevy Chase.” [Scot. Hist.: Payton, 141]
Proitus and Acrisius
fought in womb; contended for father’s realm. [Gk. Myth.: Gaster, 164]
Richard the Lion-Hearted and Saladin
Christian and Saracen leaders part friends after Crusade. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
Sohrab and Rustum
champions of the Tartars and Persians, respectively, engage in mortal combat, unaware that one is the other’s son. [Br. Poetry: Arnold Sohrab and Rustum in Magill III, 1002]
References in classic literature ?
My rivals may, even now, be on their way to Honduras
To have taken the field openly against his rival would have been madness; for he was not a man to be thwarted in his amours, any more than that stormy lover, Achilles.
Of all this silly set the one that shows the least and also the most sense is my rival Anselmo, for having so many other things to complain of, he only complains of separation, and to the accompaniment of a rebeck, which he plays admirably, he sings his complaints in verses that show his ingenuity.
In good truth," said more than one lady to Mistress Dale, "if thy husband can handle the longbow as skilfully as the harp, his rival has little show of winning
The heart of the best woman is pitiless toward the sorrows of a rival.
Only, during the respite the absence of his rival afforded him, he reflected, partly on the means of deceiving Mercedes as to the cause of his absence, partly on plans of emigration and abduction, as from time to time he sat sad and motionless on the summit of Cape Pharo, at the spot from whence Marseilles and the Catalans are visible, watching for the apparition of a young and handsome man, who was for him also the messenger of vengeance.
It ended in the ruin of most of the partners of the Northwest Company; and the merging of the relics of that establishment, in 1821, in the rival association.
Lawrence, soon found that in the rich peltries of the interior, they had sources of wealth that might almost rival the mines of Mexico and Peru.
It lacked the intensely blue atmosphere of the rival vale, and its heavy soils and scents; the new air was clear, bracing, ethereal.
He had heard of the swiftness of Ilagin's borzois, and in that beautiful bitch saw a rival to his own Milka.
He wanted to see his flowers, too; he had the feelings of an artist, the master-piece of a rival engrossed his interest.
It came to her sharply that the rival had thrust between and was bearing him away.