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apple of discord

Something that causes unhappiness or trouble. That stupid prom dress has been their apple of discord—they've been fighting over who gets to wear it for days now! Why aren't you talking to Mary Beth? What is the apple of discord here?
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apple of discord

a subject of dissension.
This expression refers to the Greek myth in which a golden apple inscribed ‘for the fairest’ was contended for by the goddesses Hera, Athene, and Aphrodite.
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In the end, these two volumes expand considerably traditional treatment of armed religious discord during the Reformation.
She is the "old apple man" whose theme has become discord once her mother crashes the scene.
The Takfiri groups are spreading atrocities in the West Asian region in a bid to sow discord among Muslims," the Supreme Leader said in a message to the Hajj pilgrims.
One should ask Americans why they don't leave the world people alone, and why they embark on sowing discord," he added, pointing to the problem Lebanon is facing with regard to the election of a president.
Two guitars twang and slam against each other, their strings tuned to maximize discord.
The "biosocial" group experienced a variety of difficulties-neurological problems shortly after birth (including inadequate reflexes), slow motor development (shared with the obstetric group), early maternal rejection (such as placement in a public institution for at least 4 months during infancy), family discord and divorce, and parental law-breaking-but not economic hardship.
In a statement issued this evening, Salam said "the hand of terrorism is back to Tripoli to mess with its security and stability, in a new attempt to sow seeds of discord and cause, once again, an atmosphere of chaos and violence which the city had long suffered from.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says Takfiri terrorist groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda have been created to spread atrocities and sow discord among Muslims.
many charges of murder, inciting killing and triggering discord among
The idea seems to make sense in discussing a work of art named for a peacemonger and that seems in its silence to offer a lovely discord to the chorus of other mongerism defining recent moments.
With a name like Devils Hole, it's no wonder this flooded fissure in Nevada keeps stoking the flames of discord.