a bone of contention


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a bone of contention

An unresolved problem, dispute, or disagreement. Jerry leaving his dirty dishes in the sink for days became a bone of contention between him and his roommate.
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bone of contention

Fig. the subject or point of an argument; an unsettled point of disagreement. We've fought for so long that we've forgotten what the bone of contention is. The question of a fence between the houses has become quite a bone of contention.
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bone of contention

Main issue of a disagreement; something to quarrel about. For example, Grandfather's will was a bone of contention for the whole family. This expression alludes to two dogs fighting (contending) over a single bone. In slightly different guise, bone of dissension, it was used figuratively in the 16th century and took its present form in the early 1700s.
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a bone of contention

COMMON A bone of contention is an issue that people are arguing about. Both players were lectured severely by the referee, but the real bone of contention was the injury to Montgomery. Pay, of course, is not the only bone of contention. Note: The image here is of two dogs fighting over a bone.
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bone of contention

The subject of a dispute.
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Summary: India main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, on Sunday asserted that the party never gave up its fight on the issue of Ram temple that has been a bone of contention and tension between Hindus and Muslims for years.
Nagpur, February 9 (ANI): India main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, on Sunday asserted that the party never gave up its fight on the issue of Ram temple that has been a bone of contention and tension between Hindus and Muslims for years.
Their relocation to Puerto Rico for 22 games this season created a hindrance that was at once a novelty and now is merely a bone of contention for the players.
However, the exact amount required has been a bone of contention.
And though funding for an upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant has been a bone of contention among Thousand Oaks City Council members, all had earlier agreed that the aging line needs to be replaced.