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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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The future of the former hospital has long been a bone of contention.
The moon, the Virgin's footstool, remained the chief bone of contention.
Hill points out, for example, that Their Eyes Were Watching God consists of sections from Mule Bone, which in turn is based on a story, "The Bone of Contention.
Silesia, which is now the western part of Poland but was once part of Germany, has long been a bone of contention between Germans and Poles.
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A key bone of contention between the two sides is the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) 2001 report, which clearly states that predators -- not people or vehicles -- led to a high mortality rate for the Western Snowy Plover at the ODSVRA.
Khan like always kicked off his shotgun speech with a fierce broadside to Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif, whose resignation is the main bone of contention between the government and his party.
Sharing of waters of River Cauvery has been a bone of contention between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for over three decades.
The matter is still a bone of contention between US and Pakistan as the Nato supply from Pakistan to Afghanistan was halted soon after the incident and still both sides were negotiating to resolve the matter in a peaceful manner.
The issue of time-based bans have long been a bone of contention given their lop-sided nature, with a player who receives a 12-week suspension in May potentially missing the whole Championship for his county, while a player that is slapped with a similar ban later in the year may not miss a single game.
THE foundation stone for a road under- bridge in south Delhi has turned out to be a bone of contention between two leaders of the ruling Congress.
The fees have always been a bone of contention among patients and their relatives - and rightly so.
And Karren Brady's pounds 1 million pay-off and perks is another bone of contention.
My main bone of contention surrounds his statements "the likelihood of fast ground at Aintree" and later "the top-ofthe-ground you often get at Aintree in the spring".
I am sure the people would prefer a word of advice rather than be someone's current bone of contention.