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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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AUSTIN, Texas, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Texans for a Sound Energy Policy (TSEP) received rulings that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) has granted full party status to and declared that TSEP has met the threshold for the formal admissibility of eight of their contentions regarding Exelon's application for an Early Site Permit (ESP) for a proposed nuclear power plant site south of Victoria, Texas.
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One of his main contentions, in fact, was that religious doctrine is knowledge, and that it is indefensible for a university to omit theology from its circle of studies.
The first of these contentions will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following recent work in this field, but Cormack does much to show precisely how academic study and political ideology were linked.
Among their contentions is that O&Y refused to deal with the broker, making their direct participation in negotiations imperative.
A significant relationship between education level and acceptance of disability found in this study supports similar contentions by Woodrich and Patterson (1983), Thomas, et al.
Other researchers, however, say thatWT 17000 supports their previous contentions that the Hadar fossils represent two different species: a slender, "gracile" type exemplified by Lucy, which was an early member of the Homo line, and a robust type.
4C reveals their contentions for resources, monitors the entire process and sends alerts (via email, cell phone, PDA, etc.
But Californians were unimpressed by such contentions and voted last year to hike the minimum wage, swayed by arguments that employees could not adequately support themselves on $4.
During the eight-day trial, Glaxo presented a series of expert witnesses who disputed Novopharm contentions that the Form 2 patent is invalid.
the DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry appears to have agreed with Trump's contentions.
Both in determining that FONAR would have sold 75 of the 600 scanners and in setting the royalty rate to be applied to the balance of the scanners, the jury weighed the evidence and rejected General Electric's contentions that the technologies at issue were insignificant.