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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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in contention

Among those eligible to win something; in competition. Don't count them out just because they've been on a losing streak—they're still in contention for that final playoff spot.
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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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a bone of contention

a subject or issue over which there is continuing disagreement.
The idea is of a bone thrown into the midst of a number of dogs and causing a fight between them.
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a bone of conˈtention

a matter about which there is a lot of disagreement: The interpretation of this painting has long been a bone of contention among art historians.
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in/out of conˈtention (for something)

with/without a chance of winning something: Only three teams are now in contention for the title.With that defeat, Marshall dropped out of contention.
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bone of contention

The subject of a dispute.
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If transnational patterns of domination made the democratic institutions of the Northwest into a template for the rest, to what degree were those three and a half centuries of European contention unfolding in relation to their own template(s) and to what degree was that contentious history a series of improvisations in response to immediate challenges?
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To his surprise, if that of no-one else, McGinley remained firmly in contention for the title despite feeling the effects of this year's long, and ultimately successful, campaign to qualify for the Ryder Cup.
The government also elliptically quotes a law review article to buttress its contention that "following" Correll, "circuit courts have uniformly held that Revenue Rulings receive significant deference.
Monty fared little better after a double bogey put him out of contention at three under.
The Scot said: 'We said we would not be in contention to win races until this year and we would not be in contention to win the world championship until next year and I still stand by that.
EasyNet will resell the Datastream offering, which has an 8:1 contention ration, which says it will offer a better class of service to the corporate client at corporate prices.
Anyway, he makes the wild contention that capitulation to the Holy See's requirements would reduce the universities to slavery.
The introductory chapter lays out a model of how the contexts of contention, the stimuli, decisions, mobilization/leadership process, strategies, tactics, and magnitudes of contention interact and produced specific outcomes.
Physiologists skirmish over the contention that a special venous thermostat authomatically cools the brain when body temperature rises.
In addition the results support the contention by Grambrill, et al.
The channel throughput for a typical system architecture is characterized for Aloha, slotted Aloha, carrier-sense multiple-access (CSMA) and digital-sense multiple-access (DSMA) contention techniques, with these techniques compared for efficiency in handling short and long message packets.
Another approach is to split a single contention period into multiple rounds either in the time domain [5-7] or the frequency domain [8].