What does the term “pissing contest” mean?

The term “pissing contest” is often used to describe a contest between people, usually men, which is completely pointless and is just about ego. This term is used very often in the workplace in America, since it’s quite common for people to argue just for the sake of arguing – and the argument has no productive value.

The phrase, when taken literally, refers to men who are competing to see who can urinate the highest or the furthest. But, the phrase is never used literally in the workplace, since no one would ever actually participate in a competition like that at work.

Here’s an example of it’s usage:

Pissing Contest In a Sentence



"Bob and Tom are in a pissing contest with each other.  
They’re just wasting their time trying to prove each 
other wrong!"



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