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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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bone of contention

The subject of a dispute.
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However, the law on defenders remains a bone of contention and if it gets passed in contravention to the Constitution and the procedures, according to BDI, it will prompt a serious political and institutional crisis with implications for the interethnic relations.
The spat was kicked off by a councillor named Clive Bone (the bone of contention, you see) Does it matter?
SOVEREIGNTY has been a bone of contention for generations.
ALL-DAY car parking at the Heath Park Model Railway has for some time now been a bone of contention.
Today our elections have become a bone of contention.
THE draw was a bone of contention all week at Royal Ascot, with the Hunt Cup only briefly silencing those who claimed the stands' side was the place to be, and they were back in full voice after horses drawn in stalls two, four, seven and ten dominated the finish to the Buckingham Palace Handicap on Friday.
I am sure the people would prefer a word of advice rather than be someone's current bone of contention.
A Direct Line spokesman said: "Parking is a bone of contention for most drivers in the UK.
ROUTES between University Hospital at Walsgrave and the city centre are another bone of contention.
WHILE various top bods in both the Labour and the Tory Party are baulking at former Coronation Street star Adam Rickitt's attempt to be the Conservative candidate in Michael Howard's (ultra-safe) seat of Folkestone and Hythe in Kent, the main bone of contention seems to be that BC (Before Cameron) he was a soap star, a failed pop star and a model who appeared in raunchy gay mags.
Whilst the majority of the Directive's provisions did not raise any particular problems, one major bone of contention emerged in second reading: unlike the Council, the European Parliament felt national authorities - rather than the EU - should be left to determine whether and how employers should assess health risks linked to exposure to natural radiation from the sun and what measures should be taken.
Sexton said the district's lack of long-term planning or strategic plan is another bone of contention.
However, the main bone of contention is expected to be the Test venue in Ahmedabad, which was rocked by India's worst communal riots for a decade in 2002.
NThe most common bone of contention between couples is speed, with 45% having argued with their partner about it;