I remember reading this many times, probably in novels, this form of asking someone to spar:

...to exchange some...

maybe something like, “Do want to exchange some blows?”

I'm not using it in a narrating form, like "disciples exchange some...” and wonder if there is something more appropriate.

  • What's wrong with "let's spar?" Also note that "exchange some blows" without context has a possible vulgar sexual interpretation and may be misinterpreted as such by some speakers. I would avoid saying it in that way.
    – TypeIA
    Commented Nov 7, 2019 at 16:05
  • @TypeIA I need it because I'm not using it in a narrating from, like "disciples exchange some ..., and thank you for that note about the possible vulgar interpretation. Commented Nov 7, 2019 at 16:17
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    exchange blows cannot be construed as vulgar. My goodness!
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 7, 2019 at 17:05
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    to exchange blows is not a spoken expression said by one friend, etc. to another. It is descriptive and means two people fight. Of course, I could say: I saw them in the parking lot and they exchanged blows. [hit each other]. And it's definitely not sexual.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 7, 2019 at 18:01
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    My remark about this not being about anything sexual was removed. What should have been removed is the one suggesting that. exchange blows is simply not sexual.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 7, 2019 at 22:17

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In descriptions in novels or articles, one might find:

to exchange blows. That is descriptive, but not really conversational.

exchange blows

to hit each other. But it does not mean to spar (boxing).

However, if you want to spar with a friend, you might say:

  • How about we go a few rounds?
  • Do you want to spar?

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